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Schneiger Up For Job in Oregon

New Port Richey's city manager is one of six finalists for a job out of state.

The city of Roseburg, Ore., is looking for a new city manager, and New Port Richey City Manager John Schneiger is interested.

Schneiger is on Roseburg's list of finalists for the city manager position. There are five other people in the running.

Roseburg human resource director John VanWinkle confirmed the information.

Schneiger is currently employed with New Port Richey, but has been out of the office for weeks; first on medical leave and now on vacation time.

On Tuesday, Mayor Bob Consalvo announced that Schneiger told him he has no desire to return to work in New Port Richey.

He feels that he has lost the support of the majority of city council, Consalvo said.

Schneiger is asking for an amiable separation from New Port Richey and is requesting a severance package outlined in his contract, according to Consalvo. That package is estimated to be worth $44,000.

The City Council is planning to vote on the package Oct. 9.

Schneiger was not available for comment.

Roseburg has been looking for a new city manager in the months following the departure of its last city manager.

Interviews with finalists for the Roseburg City Manager job are next week. On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the candidates will meet with residents. They meet with the city council the next day.

The base salary offered to candidates is  $110,000-$125,000, but its’s open to negotiation.

What do you think about Schneiger leaving the city? Let us know in the comments section.

George Medley October 04, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Good for John Schneiger! From what I've seen of the general abuse handed down by the NPR council I think he's due for a job with full support. I would like to comment on one of the "esteemed" councilmembers who wants to write a different type of contract for the job of City Manager: Can he really think that someone is going to take the job of City Manager while dealing with a bunch of cantankerous, hard-headed, abusive individuals who don't have the guts to do the right thing in the first place and NOT insist on a "golden parachute"? Only a complete fool would accept a contract with the City of NPR without the proverbial "golden parachute" as a reward for simply surviving. Oh Please! Just having to listen to NPR City Council in their public meeting should qualify any and all of the public for some sort of mental fatigue award. In addition, for the council, in their "wisdom" to want to blame John for doing what he was paid for simply because for decades the council didn't have the guts to do it speaks volumes about the quality of the people calling themselves a member of the "council".
Michael Malterer October 05, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I am happy for John. He deserves to work somewhere that the City Council doesn't just spend spend spend and leave him to take the blame for it.
Spellbinding Sherry October 05, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I think that Mr. Schneiger has done his best and I appreciate what a challenging undertaking he had to operate. I also think that if he is choosing to break the contract, that respectfully cutting him loose from his obligation is wise. I do not think it is fair to send him off with severence pay though, under these circumstances; though, if I grasp this correctly it seems required. Lame. What a foolish clause in contract form! I could see him recieving said severence if NPR were the deal breakers, but it's his choice to leave, so I think that's different. Forty-four thousand dollars is an entire annual salary for some folks employed (or recently terminated) by the city. Gosh, I'm glad I'm not in politics. I hope Mr. Schneiger's future is bright and pleasant, but I wish he would have some mercy on the New Port Richey taxpayers and step away with a teensy stipend, at most.
Jeff Cannon October 05, 2012 at 01:11 PM
While I think John did well with what he was handed, I'm starting to see a trend here. About five years ago John came from Colorado where he worked as a city manager and likely left with a heafy severence... from Colorado he came to New Port Richey where he is now leaving with a heafty severence... from New Port Richey he's off to Oregon, where after about five years he'll likely leave with a heafty severence and head off to another city.
Alex Tiegen October 05, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Actually he didn't come straight to New Port Richey from Colorado. He worked for the city of Eustis prior to his arrival here.
Grace Love October 05, 2012 at 06:39 PM
As one who has served on several boards of directors throughout my life and have performed volunteer work for various organizations within NPR, I would never want to work with the NPR city council or any other branch of volunteerism. My experience has proven that a core group runs everything. No one else has a chance of being heard, appreciated, or even respected. My time is much better spent having lunch with friends. Good luck, John. All the very best to you!
George Medley October 05, 2012 at 07:08 PM
@Jeff Cannon While I can appreciate the "trend" you're indicating - I think you should consider the type of job John and others are being asked to do. I don't have the details of the contract, but as I understand it, the type of government NPR has is probably one of the most difficult, time consuming, emotionally draining and absolutely without any real sense of accomplishment (for the manager). Think of your own job (or the last one you had): most of us only have one boss we have to answer to. In the city manager position for NPR, you have as many "bosses" as there are councilpersons. Each of them want to be heard, individually and severally, plus the manager has little statuatory authority. The manager is basically the whipping boy of each councilperson and their attorney(s). There's nothing but what the manager, the council and all the attendant attorneys put in the contract. Rather than thinking of the city manager as a member of our community and treating him as a neighbor, the council treats the city manager as a mere contractor that can be disposed of at will without compensation (other that what's in the contract). If I'm not mistaken, he may not even be eligible for the extravagant and extremely overgenerous unemployment benefits the state of Florida has for it's residents. So, I think the $44,000 is a fair price for him to walk away, after having to deal with the council and it's refusal to deal with it's own mistakes over the past 20 years.
Brian October 05, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Just leave already...
Ginny Lane Miller October 06, 2012 at 01:42 AM
John was asked to do a job, including some unpopular cuts. He did it honestly, and the next CM will also have this task. The personal agendae of Councilmembers Consalvo, Phillips, and Thomas are well known and speak to their inability to uphold the oath they took upon taking office. Next year they will rightly face another 44k plus CM search costs on top of existing deficit. I'm guessing 90k before this is done.

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