CLEARWATER — The seek for a brand new metropolis supervisor formally started in March, however it took on new which means this month.
On Aug. 14, 20-year metropolis supervisor Bill Horne died of a suspected heart attack, three weeks earlier than his deliberate retirement. The Metropolis Council is now getting ready to host 4 finalists for in-person interviews, the identical week that ought to have been Horne’s final in workplace.
The general public is invited to a meet and greet with the candidates Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Corridor, 1111 McMullen Sales space Street. The council will interview every candidate publicly Thursday starting at 8:30 a.m. on the Foremost Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., and can talk about whether or not to vote on a rent at 1 p.m.
The finalists are Milton Dohoney, former assistant metropolis supervisor of Phoenix, Arizona; Charles Duggan, metropolis supervisor of Redlands, California; Jon Jennings, metropolis supervisor of Portland, Maine; and Keith Moffett, county supervisor for Macon-Bibb County, Georgia.
The council invited Duggan to interview after finalist Jerome Fletcher, an administrator from Maryland, dropped out Aug. 11 to simply accept town supervisor place in North Port.
In Clearwater’s council-manager type of authorities, the elected mayor and council rent town supervisor to run day-to-day operations and perform the insurance policies of the council. The wage vary for the place is $210,000 to $270,000.
The Tampa Bay Instances spoke with the finalists earlier than their interviews.
Dohoney had been working in native authorities in his house state of Kentucky for 20 years when he was recruited in 2006 to be metropolis supervisor of Cincinnati.
On the time, the downtown alongside the Ohio River “was 18 acres of filth nothing,” he stated. However over his eight years in workplace, he helped lay the muse for what’s now a regional attraction of eating places, residential and workplace initiatives known as “The Banks” between two already present main league sports activities stadiums.
Dohoney, 65, helped safe state and federal funding for a streetcar undertaking and managed the $2.5 billion price range and 6,000 staff.
In 2014, he grew to become assistant metropolis supervisor of Phoenix, Arizona, the fifth-largest metropolis in america. With public security as direct studies, he handled points as huge as the border and Tremendous Bowl preparation. When the pandemic hit, he took the lead on the response for town’s 1.7 million residents.
On the identical time, his workforce responded to 100 consecutive days of social justice protests. Dohoney stated he resigned in February to recharge with the intention of returning to native authorities someplace within the No. 1 place.
He hopes to be part of Clearwater’s downtown revitalization efforts, to organize town for sea-level rise and to work with residents to strengthen neighborhoods.
“There are a whole lot of initiatives town has ongoing,” Dohoney stated. “I additionally imagine that town supervisor might want to discover a way to assist the group heal. Coping with the lack of Invoice Horne and the influence he had goes to be one thing that’s going to take a while.”
The one job that will make Duggan go away his position as Redlands, California, metropolis supervisor, is Clearwater.
“It’s not that I wish to go away Redlands, however I wish to come to Clearwater, which for me is a good distinction,” stated Duggan, who has household in Largo.
Duggan, 54, grew up in Dunedin, and after graduating from Auburn College, spent 26 years in Auburn native authorities, 11 as metropolis supervisor.
He studied utilized physics at Auburn College, and whereas making use of for his MBA, Duggan bought a job working for town’s parks and recreation division.
Over the subsequent 26 years, he served as director of parks and recreation, director of knowledge expertise and metropolis supervisor.
He stated he oversaw Auburn’s transfer “from a big city to a small metropolis” and helped steadiness the rising pains with strategic planning. He created a multi-departmental design overview workforce that reviewed plans with builders face-to-face to keep away from delays and miscommunications.
He took workplace following the controversial resignation of his predecessor and Duggan stated he helped restore belief. He stated he spoke to citizen teams about moral authorities and set clear targets for his employees, restoring stability and path.
He moved to California in 2017 to be administrative companies director of the Marin Municipal Water District and took over main town of Redlands in January 2020.
Duggan stated whereas responding to the pandemic he was capable of modify division budgets to make up for misplaced income. He additionally “reassured town they will belief their authorities” when advocating for the profitable passage of a 1-cent gross sales tax improve.
“I hear greater than I discuss, my thoughts may be modified and all I care about is the perfect thought within the room,” Duggan stated.
Town supervisor of Portland, Maine, Jennings stated his management philosophy comes from his mentor, NBA teaching legend Crimson Auerbach.
From how you can decide workforce members to how you can deal with individuals, Jennings, 58, attracts on his decade as a scout and coach for the Boston Celtics.
His curiosity in authorities prompted him to use for a White Home fellowship in 1997 with the Clinton Administration. He labored within the Workplace of Cupboard Affairs beneath Thurgood Marshall Jr. and as performing assistant lawyer basic for legislative affairs.
After an unsuccessful 2004 run for Congress as a Democrat in a pink Indiana district, he raised $1.5 million to deliver the Maine Crimson Claws, an NBA growth workforce, to Portland.
He pivoted to native authorities, turning into assistant metropolis supervisor of South Portland, Maine, in 2013 and metropolis supervisor of Portland in 2015.
“The rationale I like municipal authorities is as a result of I can see the tangible good thing about the influence we now have each single day,” Jennings stated.
Jennings stated he helped middle an unstable authorities by accelerating stormwater and sewer upgrades and increasing coaching for division heads. He created a sustainability program and helped construct a 4-acre photo voltaic farm.
Final yr, progressive activists known as for him to resign, saying he backed a “regulation enforcement method to poverty, homelessness, and psychological and behavioral well being struggles,” in accordance with the Portland Press Herald. The mayor and Metropolis Council defended Jennings’ dedication to racial and financial justice, the newspaper reported.
Jennings stated he’s been focused by activists upset with the type of authorities. A constitution overview fee is considering whether or not to present extra energy to an elected mayor, a referendum that might go to voters sooner or later.
The Press Herald reported Jennings acquired a management award from the Maine City and Metropolis Managers Affiliation for town’s response to the arrival of 450 asylum seekers in 2019. Town opened a shelter and labored with space companies to search out housing for the households.
“I’m an individual who likes to get issues performed,” Jennings stated. “In Clearwater, I discover a metropolis that’s actually on the cusp of realizing much more of its potential and that’s thrilling to me.”
Keith Moffett grew up in Macon, Georgia, and devoted most of his native authorities profession to his hometown.
He spent 9 years within the U.S. Navy as a navigation digital technician engaged on steerage techniques for nuclear missiles. Moffett, 50, then started his schooling in engineering however “fell in love with native authorities” after an internship with a chamber of commerce.
Moffett joined Macon authorities in 2007 as director of inner affairs and served as assistant to the chief administrative officer from 2012 to 2014.
Town of Macon and Bibb County governments consolidated in 2014, and Moffett was appointed director of the 911 communications middle. Within the first yr, he elevated effectivity in calls and dispatches and applied an $8 million program to modernize communications.
He labored as administrator of Butts County, Georgia, from 2015 to 2018 earlier than turning into supervisor of Macon-Bibb County in 2018.
Apart from operating day-to-day operations, Moffett stated he has prioritized the redevelopment of blighted properties into reasonably priced housing by partnerships with builders. He stated he’s excited by Clearwater’s downtown revitalization efforts due to work he’s performed to revive downtown Macon in partnership with a nonprofit geared toward attracting companies and offering grants to enterprise homeowners.
“I’m in search of a possibility to make use of my schooling and expertise however on the identical time proceed to develop and be taught,” stated Moffett, who earned a doctorate diploma in instructional management.