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City manager of Dade City up for similar job in Polk

(ran PC edition)

City Manager Doug Drymon, who has announced he will step down this summer, is on the short list for a new position in neighboring Polk County and might learn whether he has the job by the end of the week, according to a city official there.

Drymon, 46, who survived attempts to oust him from Dade City both before and after his January announcement that he would resign by July 31, is one of five finalists for the city manager job in Lake Alfred.

The city of about 3,890 offers a salary of $51,500 to oversee a $4.6-million annual budget and more than 60 employees.

Drymon said friends encouraged him to apply for the position. He said he also is applying for several other positions, which he declined to discuss. He said it remained unclear when he would be available to start in Lake Alfred if he was offered the job.

Lake Alfred interim City Manager Jan Schockley said Wednesday that her city's commissioners interviewed three finalists, including Drymon, on Tuesday. A fourth is due in Friday, and commissioners might decide by the end of the day or Monday at the latest, Shockley said.

If the city is unable to decide among the four, a fifth finalist might be flown in from California, she said.

The (Lakeland) Ledger on Wednesday reported other finalists include an economic development manager from Jackson County, a state Department of Revenue administrator, a former Colorado city manager, and Roger Baltz, a former Crystal River and Putnam County administrator who is also a candidate for Drymon's job in Dade City.

Hours after his interview in Lake Alfred, Drymon was at a Dade City Commission meeting, where Commissioner Bill Dennis made his fourth bid to push Drymon out.

The move, like the two efforts before Drymon said he would leave on his own and the one after Drymon's announcement, failed.

On Tuesday, Dennis said the city needs leadership now. He said at least one candidate has already applied, former Pasco County sheriff's official Harold Sample.

As of Wednesday, 12 people had applied for the job.

Commissioner Hutch Brock sided with Dennis, saying the manager who will carry out the commission's budgetary goals in the coming year should be the same one who helps shape those goals this spring.

_ Chase Squires covers news about Dade City. He can be reached at (352) 521-5757, or toll-free 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6108, then 27. His e-mail address is