6 manager candidates face music next week
By AMY WIMMER, Times Staff Writer
ST. PETE BEACH -- Six finalists will interview next week for the city manager's job.
Three are city officials from coastal Pinellas County, one is from Sarasota and two are from other states.
Interviews will take place Nov. 28 and 29. A public reception where residents can meet the candidates will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28.
The finalists are:
Michael P. Bonfield, 42, the city manager in Madeira Beach.
Bonfield has worked in Madeira Beach in his first job as top administrator for three years. He previously spent 17 years with the city of Gulfport, working through the ranks as a recreation supervisor, parks and recreation director and director of community services.
Bonfield has an associate's degree from St. Petersburg Junior College, a bachelor's degree in physical education and recreation from the University of Tampa and a master's degree in public administration from the University of South Florida.
Christopher Brimo, 42, acting city manager since July, when City Manager Carl Schwing resigned. Brimo has worked for the city since 1991.
Hired as a planner, Brimo became director of planning and development two years later. He held that post until 2000, when Schwing reorganized city staff and appointed Brimo assistant city manager.
Brimo has a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in urban and regional planning, both from Florida State University.
Francis A. Frobel, 49, town manager of Coventry, R.I. He has had that job for 15 years and was previously assistant town manager of Killingly, Conn.
Frobel is particularly active in the Rhode Island Town and City Management Association and the International City Manager Association and was named Outstanding Rhode Island Local Public Official of the year in 2001.
He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and public administration from Central Connecticut State University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Hartford.
V. Peter Schneider, 57, deputy city manager in Sarasota, where he has worked for 13 years.
Before working in Sarasota, Schneider was human resources director for the city of Gainesville and, before that, assistant county administrator in Alachua County.
Schneider has a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Thomas University in Minnesota and a master's degree in urban and regional studies from Minnesota State University.
Stephen E. Sorrell, 52, is the city manager of Hamilton, Ohio, where he has worked since 1979. He was promoted to the top administrator job two years ago.
Sorrell has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Dayton, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Cincinnati, and is working toward his doctorate in political science from the University of Cincinnati.
Paul Williams, 48, is the public services director in Gulfport, where he has worked for nine years. Previously, he spent 14 years in Madeira Beach, including eight as city manager.
Williams also was a finalist for the St. Pete Beach city manager job in 1997.
Williams holds an associate's degree from St. Petersburg Junior College and a bachelor's degree in social work and master's degree in public administration, both from Florida State University.
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