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City Manager Search on Agenda For Tuesday

City leaders wiil be talking about finding a permanent replacement to fill the shoes of former manager John Schneiger.

New Port Richey City Council members plan on talking next week about starting the search for a new permanent city manager.

Susan Dillinger, who also leads the New Port Richey Public Library, has been acting as interim city manager since the departure of former city manager John Schneiger in October.

In January, the city decided to put off the search for a city manager until after the April 9 elections. Now, the city has two new council members in Jeff Starkey and Chopper Davis, and council members agreed it was time to consider starting the search in earnest. 

They will discuss it in a work session Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

What do you want to see happen withe city manager position?

Rob Marlowe April 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM
This may be the single most important thing that the city council decides in the next year. I'm confident in the abilities of the folks we have elected to represent us. We need someone with a positive, can-do attitude and a work history proving that he or she has the ability to make things happen. The city has come quite a bit from the old crony way of doing things and the right professional city manager should be able to help move us forward as we all work together to make New Port Richey a better place to live and work.
Greg Giordano April 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Rob, I agree that the selection of a new city manager will be one of the most, if not THE most, important decisions the council will have to make. You know better than most the challenges facing the council, and by extension the city itself. It is time that a local person, who understands the unique challenges of New Port Richey, its residents and surrounding communiities, take over this important job.
Spencer April 19, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I agree with Mr. Giordano, if at all possible find a local person for the job.
Rob Marlowe April 19, 2013 at 05:10 PM
The only problem with hiring a local is that they may beholden to the same local special interests that helped us get into the financial mess that we are still fighting our way out of. Whether found locally or somewhere else, the person needs to be invested in the local community and plan to be here for a while. We don't need a revolving door.
Greg Giordano April 19, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I agree, Rob, that whomever its hired must be "invested" in the local community. I would think it would be fairly easy to determine if a local applicant has ties to whomever you refer to as the special interests. An important quality of the applicant would be not only a new vision for the city but a willingness to work with the council to achieve that vision.

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