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Commissioner may be stand-in

Three are now willing to serve as interim city manager as a search goes on.

By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA, Times Correspondent
Published November 4, 2007


Madeira Beach- The City Commission will likely pick one of its top three administrators to be interim city manager.

Last month, the commission decided to tap one of its own staff, rather than seek someone from outside the city, to serve as interim city manager.

Mayor Charles Parker said three of the city's department heads are willing to run the city while the commission searches for a replacement for City Manager Jill Silverboard, who has accepted the assistant city manager position in Clearwater.

Community Services Director Mike Maxemow, fire Chief Derryl O'Neal and Community Development Director Paula Cohen will be considered for the post. Commissioners could make the selection at Tuesday's workshop.

City Clerk Denise Schlegel and Finance Director Monica Mitchell asked not to be considered, Parker said.

Whoever is chosen is likely to get a pay raise. How much has yet to be decided.

When Maxemow served as the interim city manager several years ago, he was paid an additional $500 per two-week pay period. He subsequently declined an offer of the permanent post, and the city instead selected Silverboard.

Her last official day of work is Dec. 1, although she will actually be on vacation for the two weeks prior to that date.

A nationwide search is already under way for a permanent replacement for Silverboard, even though the city will have an election in March that could result in a new commission majority.

"The present commission has experienced people, and that is very important in analyzing qualifications of a city manager," Parker said.

Two commission seats, now held by John Wolbert and Arnold Alloway, as well as the mayoral seat held by Parker, are up for election. None have indicated whether they will run again.

Commissioners Nancy Oakley and Steve Kochick have said they prefer the newly elected commission to pick the new city manager.

Parker, who wants the present commission to make the selection, says he does not expect the entire selection process to take much more than a few months.

"I would like very much to get a new city manager hired before the March election," Parker said, adding that he supports allowing all commission candidates to participate in the selection process.

That process also could include a review of the city manager candidate list by area city managers prior to selection of finalists.

[Last modified November 3, 2007, 21:44:57]

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