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Clearwater to wait until after election to fill top deputy's job

CLEARWATER — The city will wait until after the 2020 City Council election to hire Deputy City Manager Jill Silverboard's replacement, City Manager William Horne said.

Silverboard moved last month to Pinellas County government, where she will serve as deputy county administrator and chief of staff.

The election will affect three of the five council seats and affect the timing of Horne's own retirement after 20 years with the city, he said. The idea is to allow a new council to fill the city's two top administration positions, making for a smoother transition.

"Jill's departure and moving to the county was unexpected," Horne said. "From a timing perspective, it makes it more complicated on what the next step will be."

Silverboard oversaw nine city departments, from engineering, finance and budget, human resources, IT, libraries, public utilities, solid waste/general services, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

Horne and Assistant City Manager Micah Maxwell will handle Silverboard's former departmental responsibilities, while Planning and Development Director Michael Delk oversees Imagine Clearwater and the work of the Community Redevelopment Agency, Horne said.