ST. PETE BEACH – The search for a new city manager will take another step forward June 30 when St. Pete Beach officials examine information packages of potential search firms.
City commissioners voted May 13 to request proposals from executive search firms to assist in the recruitment of a new city manager, following the firing of former City Manager Mike Bonfield in late April.
The city is most interested in proposals from firms with previous experience in city manager searches for a small to mid-size city. Commissioners hope to schedule interviews with representatives of the firms it decides are most qualified.
The city wants to hire a firm that can provide a list of seven candidates within 60 days. The selection of candidates would be based on a job description for the position developed by the firm and the City Commission.
City leaders hope to form a candidate profile based on input from the City Commission, city employees, residents and businesses.
According to city documents, the selected consultant will review current city manager compensation and recommend changes based on market and competitive conditions.
In a surprise move, city commissioners voted 3-2 on April 22 to pass a preliminary motion to terminate the contract of St. Pete Beach City Manager Mike Bonfield, which was followed by the resignation of former Commissioner Jim Parent.
Commissioners voted unanimously April 30 to approve a severance agreement with Bonfield worth $102,332. The vote came a week after Bonfield waived his right to a public hearing and submitted a proposal to the city in accordance with the terms of his contract. The deal became effective May 13.
Until a replacement is found, city Finance Director Elaine Edmunds is acting as interim city manager.