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In Safety Harbor, it's down to six for top job

Commissioners have narrowed their choices for city manager and will meet with them next month.

By EILEEN SCHULTE, Times Staff Writer
Published August 24, 2006

SAFETY HARBOR - City commissioners last week whittled their choices for a new city manager to six, including two whose names you might recognize.

Forty-nine people applied to replace Wayne Logan, who will leave the city later this year. At a special meeting last week, a consultant with the Mercer Group presented resumes of 11 candidates.

Safety Harbor's new city manager will make up to $125,000 a year. City commissioners will meet with the candidates Sept. 14-15.

BILLY PRESTON BECKETT: Beckett was executive director of the Coosa Valley Regional Development Center in Rome, Ga., from 2004 to 2005. He also served as city manager of Riverdale, Ga., from 2001 to 2004, and as a county manager for Fayette County, Ga. He earned a bachelor's degree from Concord College in Athens, Ga., and a master's degree from Virginia Tech.

LYNDON BONNER: Bonner worked as city manager of Bunnell from 2002 to May. Before that, he was the director of public services for Dunnellon from 1998 to 2001. He received two associate's from Central Florida Community College, and earned his bachelor's degree in business administration management and decision information sciences from the University of Florida.

STEPHEN COTTRELL: Cottrell was Belleair's city manager from 1997 to 2006. Before that, he was the assistant city manager of Plant City from 1990 to 1997 and a management analyst for the city of Tallahassee from 1985 to 1990. He earned a bachelor's degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a master's degree in public administration from Florida State University.

GARY SHIMUN: Shimun has been an assistant city manager of Pembroke Pines since 2003. He was city manager in Hannibal, Mo., from 1997 to 2003, McCall, Idaho, from 1994 to 1997, and Iron River, Mich., from 1990 to 1994. He also was a planning director for Louisville, Ohio, from 1989 to 1990. Shimun graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1978, and earned his master's degree in urban studies, public administration and urban planning from the University of Akron in 1991.

REID SILVERBOARD: Belleair Beach city manager since 2005, Silverboard also served as city manager of Carrollton, Ga., from 2003 to 2004, and city manager of Fort Walton Beach from 1993 to 2003. He received his bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University, a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Mississippi, and a masters in public administration from Florida International University.

MICHAEL STAMPFLER: Stampfler owns and is the managing partner of a business called Civicquest Consulting. Before that, he was the city manager of Casselberry from 2005 to 2006 and city manager of Portage, Mich., from 1985 to 2005. His work experience also includes a stint as an airport director and a city clerk. He received his bachelor's degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and master's degrees in international studies and public administration from Western Michigan University.

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