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Dade City manager not top choice for Lake Alfred

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City Manager Doug Drymon did not end up first in line Friday among finalists for Lake Alfred's city manager job.

Lake Alfred Vice Mayor Nancy Daley said Friday that at a special meeting the City Commission did not make a final decision but agreed to open negotiations first with Wendell Johnson, the Jackson County Development Council's economic development chief.

Daley said if negotiations are successful, a final decision could be made at a commission meeting Monday night.

She said commissioners were pleased with all five finalists, including Drymon, and did not officially rule anyone out of the running Friday.

Although negotiations will open with Johnson, the vice mayor said sticking points could arise over any number of things, including salary, relocation costs and a starting date.

Should negotiations break down, the city would move on to another candidate, she said.

Drymon, city manager in Dade City since 1998, announced in January he would be leaving by the end of July. He said he has been investigating other jobs besides the Lake Alfred position.

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