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Maxemow takes helmfor interim post again

The city's community services director has worn two hats before.

By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA, Times Correspondent
Published November 11, 2007


MADIERA BEACH- For the second time in about five years, Mike Maxemow will become acting city manager as the commission searches for a replacement for City Manager Jill Silverboard.

The commission picked Maxemow, the city's community services director, at its informal workshop session last week and is expected to formally ratify the decision at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Silverboard will not officially assume her new job as assistant city manager in Clearwater until Dec. 1, but she will actually be gone beginning next week when she is starting a two-week vacation.

The commission also considered fire Chief Derryl O'Neal and Community Development Director Paula Cohen for the post, but settled quickly on Maxemow.

"Mike has done it before. He knows the city and has been around longer than anyone else. He knows everything that is going on here," said Commissioner Arnie Alloway.

O'Neal was not considered after City Attorney Michael Connolly told the commission O'Neal's post as fire chief legally prevented him from also serving as city manager.

"The state Constitution prevents anyone from holding a dual office," Connolly said.

Cohen was also praised, but some commissioners apparently felt her duties supervising marina redevelopment, comprehensive plan amendments and other planning functions would make it difficult for her to also serve as city manager.

"Paula is tremendously qualified, but she has a tremendous amount of work already," said Commissioner Steve Kochick.

Maxemow asked for an additional $250 per pay period, the same amount he was paid during the five months he served as acting city manager before Silverboard was hired.

"When do you actually plan on filling the position?" Maxemow asked the commission. "Last time was five months. That's a long time to wear two hats."

The city has received four applications for the permanent post, and has set no closing date for considering candidates. Most of the commissioners want to hire someone as soon as possible, rather than be tied to a timetable.

It is also clear, the commission is willing to hire a new city manager before the next city election in March.

"Who knows who will be on the commission after the election," said Mayor Charles Parker.

[Last modified November 10, 2007, 22:07:08]

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