Former mayor, ex-fire chief want to be NPR manager
NEW PORT RICHEY - A pair of names might appear familiar among 31 applicants seeking to become the next New Port Richey city manager. Peter Altman, the former mayor and Pasco County commissioner, has applied, as has former New Port Richey Fire Chief Dan Azzariti, city records show.The city council, however, has extended the application deadline through Friday, July 12, to cast as wide a net as possible. Councilman Jeff Starkey thought there still might be some quality candidates who missed the original deadline, July 1.Lindy Thomas, director of human resources, said she would probably have to adjust the timeline for hiring a city manager. The tentative start date is Oct. 1, the start of the city's 2014 fiscal year, according to a posting on the municipal website.Interim City Manager Susan Dillinger stepped into the job shortly after John Schneiger officially departed Oct. 9. Schneiger lasted about two and a half years, after starting May 10, 2010.Altman's name appears at the top of the applicant list, which is in alphabetical order. Florida native Altman, an accountant, is division president of District Management Services, in Tampa. He was mayor from 1990 until 1992 and from 1994 until 2000. He served one term on the Pasco commission, from 2000 until 04.Next on the list comes Azzariti, who retired as fire chief in 2008, after a 30-year tenure with the city. He is now a senior consultant with C3 Pathways, a public safety consulting, training and exercise firm in Orlando.Other Pasco candidates include: Matthew Blankenship, an installation manager at Lowe's Home Center in New Port Richey; Christine Canty, an auditor with Hampton Inn in Port Richey; and Larry Strickland, the management analyst and interim administrative services director for the city of Zephyrhills. Others from Florida interested in the position include: former Sarasota City Manager Robert Bartolotta; Lyndon Bonner, former North Miami Beach city manager; Andrew DeCandis, senior director for planning and government relations with the Orange County School District; Lee Evett, a vice president with local government rate and financial planning consulting firm Burton and Associates; Kenneth Fields, a Boca Raton management consultant; Simon George, Tampa advanced wastewater treatment manager; and Isaac Turner, administrator of First Baptist Church of Venice.Applications also came from as far as Georgia, California, New Jersey, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New York, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and Rhode Island.The city will have to qualify candidates and pare down the list of 31 applicants, Thomas noted in a memo to council members.Mayor Bob Consalvo suggested a short list of 10 candidates for possible review by city council.The city's job description calls for a "bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration or a field closely related to municipal government management or equivalent." A master's degree in a related field is strongly desired. \The city also is looking for a minimum five years executive experience in a Florida city or county, or the equivalent in other states.