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Clearwater ex-manager returns for interim

Former City Manager Tony Shoemaker is coming back to town. But this time, it will be for only a few months.

City Manager Mike Roberto wants to hire Shoemaker to spend several months here as the interim director of the central permitting department, the city's planning and zoning agency.

Scott Shuford, the department's director, will move into a new job in the city manager's office, where he will work solely on redeveloping the beach, downtown and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

"Those are considered major, full-time efforts," said Rick Hedrick, assistant city manager for capital projects.

Shoemaker has known Roberto for years through their involvement in professional organizations.

"I'm very appreciative to him," Shoemaker said. "I have a lot of friends and ties to Clearwater. Certainly, I'm looking forward to coming."

Shoemaker was city manager in Clearwater from 1977 to 1987. He resigned after months of conflict with city commissioners. He later was city manager in Tarpon Springs, and resigned in 1990 to go into a business career.

Shoemaker, 57, was asked to resign as county administrator in Citrus County in December and has been searching for a city manager or county administrator job since. He spent seven months in Hillsborough County as the interim director of human resources and fleet management.

Shoemaker lives in Inverness, but will stay in Clearwater with his mother while he works here.

He will spend three or four months here, giving Roberto time to reorganize the department and find a director. Hedrick, who will oversee Shuford and Shoemaker, said he did not know how much Shoemaker will be paid.

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