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Ending 18-month vacancy, NPR names manager

Published:   |   Updated: April 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM

NEW PORT RICHEY – After searching for about a year and a half, New Port Richey City Council will offer Debbie Manns the city manager’s job.

The vote was unanimous at a special meeting Monday morning. Outgoing Mayor Bob Consalvo said he appreciates Manns’ 25 years experience as a city manager for other cities.

New Port Richey offered Manns $115,000 to take the city manager’s position. “Time is of the essence,” Councilman Bill Phillips said about contract negotiations with Manns.

Previous candidates have slipped through the fingers of council members by accepting other offers.

Library Director Susan Dillinger has served as interim city manager after John Schneiger officially departed Oct. 9, 2012. At the time, Schneiger was dealing with what was thought to be a debt-related bleak financial future facing the city.

Last month, however, Finance Director Peter Altman said the city was running a surplus and he is “confident” the city can meet its debt obligations without having to tap its general fund.