TAMPA--Tampa is losing a trusted budget chief and gaining a new city attorney as Mayor Jane Castor announced the upper-level changes Tuesday.
Gina Grimes will return to the city as City Attorney on Aug. 12. Grimes had previously been the chief assistant city attorney and attorney to the City Council before leaving for the private sector firm of Hill, Ward and Henderson where she was a partner. Salvatore Territo, who has been serving as city attorney, will continue on in the office. His new role will be announced soon. Grimes’ salary is to be determined, said Castor spokeswoman Ashley Bauman.
Sonya Little, the city’s chief financial officer, will stay on until after Castor’s Aug. 1. budget presentation to council members. She was recruited by Strategic Property Partners where she will become the firm’s chief administrative officer later that month. SPP is the development firm founded by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik that is currently at work on the $3 billion Water Street project near Amalie Arena.
Little’s replacement is to be determined, Bauman said.
In a news release, Castor said Little will leave a legacy.
"We could not have asked for a better CFO to lead this great city out of the recession,” said Castor. “She is leaving the city with some of the best financial footing we’ve had in decades, including 13 consecutive credit rating increases. Her talent goes far beyond the budget books and the void she will leave will be hard to fill. That being said, in my career I’ve made it a point to never stand in the way of someone else’s success. Although it will be difficult to see her go, I am proud of her contributions to the City and want to thank her for her unwavering commitment to her role overseeing our budget and her participation in my transition advisory teams.”
And the mayor, who took office on May 1, said in the release that Grimes will be a key addition to her team.
“Her innovative approach to running the city’s legal department will enable us to increase communication and improve city services, while ensuring that the City’s interests are protected. We welcome Gina while also thanking Sal Territo for his years of dedication to this great city," Castor said.