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City makes a 2nd offer to 4th favorite
Port Richey offers a $77,500 salary for the city manager job and waits for his answer.
By CAMILLE C. SPENCER, Times Staff Writer
Published December 20, 2007
PORT RICHEY - The City Council inched closer to filling its city manager slot on Wednesday night by offering the job a second time to someone who turned it down earlier this month.
During a special meeting, the council called Richard Reade - their fourth choice to fill the shoes of interim City Manager Jim Mathieu - and offered him $77,500 to take the job. The council unanimously agreed the high end offer would be $80,000.
But Reade said he would have to discuss the offer with his wife and would get back to Mathieu soon.
Reade, a consulting firm owner and former city manager in Davenport, previously had turned down the city's lower offer of $75,000 in favor of $83,000, citing the housing market as a reason for needing more money. Reade also said he had another job offer pending.
During the council's two short phone calls with him, Reade explained why he was interested in taking the job after turning the city down once before.
"I had negotiations with another community, and I don't think it's fair for me to negotiate with two communities at one time," he said. "Unfortunately, it didn't work out with the other community."
Between phone calls, Council member Mark Hashim voiced a few concerns about Reade, saying he was wary of the number of jobs Reade has turned down.
"I guarantee the day he takes this job, he'll be looking for other jobs," Hashim said. "Don't be surprised if he comes in, and in three months, he's out."
Earlier this year, Reade had reached an impasse with Dade City officials over a proposed $85,000 salary with benefits.
The three candidates who turned down the job before Reade include John Schneiger, former community development manager in Palm Coast; B. Roger Pulley, a local government consultant from Englewood; and Edward Smyth, deputy city manager in Leesburg.