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City manager job offer goes to a two-honcho household

Reid Silverboard isn't the only official in the family.

By KATHY SAUNDERS
Published March 4, 2007


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TREASURE ISLAND - City officials found a new manager with local ties, in more ways than one.

On Thursday, the city offered its top post to Reid Silverboard, who lived in Treasure Island until last summer. His wife, Jill Silverboard, is the city manager of adjacent Madeira Beach

Reid Silverboard, 57, has been managing the city of Belleair Beach since 2005.

Silverboard said he plans to submit his resignation in Belleair Beach once Treasure Island commissioners formally approve his hiring and compensation package on Tuesday. His Belleair Beach contract requires him to give 60 days notice.

Treasure Island commissioners agreed during a special meeting Thursday to offer Silverboard an annual salary of $100,000, a $4,800-a-year car allowance and three weeks of vacation. The vacation and car allowance could increase if he remains in the job. He also will receive a four- to six-month severance package, health insurance, life insurance and be required to give the city 30 days notice if he plans to quit.

Silverboard was a finalist for the city manager job in 2004 when commissioners chose Ralph Stone to replace Chuck Coward. When Stone left in January to work for Broward County, he was earning an annual salary of $106,362.

Mayor Mary Maloof said hiring the husband of the manager for Madeira Beach initially concerned her in 2004. But, she said last week that those concerns were no longer an issue.

"We have had no evidence that there's anything that would be a problem," said Maloof. In fact, she said, the relationship could be very positive for Treasure Island.

"I think what one of them doesn't know the other one does," she said.

Silverboard said he and his wife, who was hired in Madeira Beach in June 2004, have the same theory.

"I think there would obviously be better coordination between the two cities on common issues - not to mention just the fact that both of us are in the business," he said. "Being in the business and being able to use each other as sounding boards is another good thing - there's a lot to be said to that."

The Silverboards used to work under similar conditions when she managed the city of Destin and he headed operations for the city of Fort Walton Beach.

Reid Silverboard has a master's degree in public administration from Florida International University in Miami; a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Mississippi in Oxford; and a bachelor's degree in history from Louisiana State University.

In Belleair Beach, he was responsible for overseeing the transition from a strong mayor form of government to a council-manager government. He also overhauled the city's budget process, upgraded the municipal computer system and secured council approval and financing for a new municipal center.

Commissioners chose Silverboard over three other candidates by a 4-1 vote as required by the city charter. Commissioner Phil Collins had supported Gary Word of Islamorada. But, he said, Silverboard was his next choice.

Maloof said Silverboard was selected for his experience in Florida, his familiarity with issues facing coastal communities and his planning credentials.

"He's been through several hurricanes and he had everything in the package we were looking for," said Maloof.

Silverboard said he regrets leaving Belleair Beach but is looking forward to the challenges of a more full-service city. He said he is ready to tackle the city's redevelopment issues and "make sure that the city retains its unique character."

"It is one of the most unique cities along the coast," said Silverboard.

He also praised the progress on the construction of the new Causeway Bridge. "That bridge announces that you are coming to someplace special," he said.

Silverboard and his wife lived in a condominium along Gulf Boulevard in Treasure Island until purchasing a home last year in the unincorporated area of Pinellas County near Seminole. They have twin 5-year-old daughters and Reid Silverboard has three sons, ages 19, 26 and 28, from a previous marriage.

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Making it official

The City Commission will approve the hiring of Reid Silverboard during a 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday at City Hall, 120 108th Ave.

If his contract is approved, Silverboard will earn $100,000 a year and get a $4,800 annual car allowance and three weeks of vacation.

[Last modified March 3, 2007, 20:00:45]


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