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2 remain in race for city manager

(ran Beach edition)

Even though one candidate withdrew last week, the City Council will go ahead with interviews this week to select its first city manager.

Eric S. Meserve, 51, a procurement analyst for the city of St. Petersburg and former city manager of Indian Rocks Beach, told city officials that he is withdrawing his candidacy to accept an "opportunity to work on development of a community management association section for a local firm in addition to my current position."

The two remaining candidates are Reid Silverboard, 55, a Treasure Island resident and former city manager of Carrollton, Ga., and Fort Walton Beach, and J. Douglas Drymon, 47, former town manager of Lake Park and Dade City.

Residents can meet Silverboard and Drymon Wednesday night during an open "social" at City Hall, 444 Causeway Blvd., from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Individual council members will meet and interview the candidates during the day Thursday. A formal public interview by the entire council will begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Silverboard will be interviewed first.

The candidates will be rated and a selection possibly made during a regular council meeting Jan. 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m. A special meeting originally set for Friday was canceled because not all members could attend.

Although the council hopes to have its first city manager on board by March, it could also decide to readvertise for additional city manager candidates.

Last March, voters approved changing to a city manager form of government.

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