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NEW PORT RICHEY — After agonizing more than a year, New Port Richey City Council members hope to find the next city manager soon.

The latest round in the prolonged search produced a dozen applicants, which council members pared to four during a special meeting Tuesday night.

Preliminary interviews of the four candidates are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 26, at city hall, 5919 Main St., through Skype videoconferencing.

Library Director Susan Dillinger has been served as interim city manager. John Schneiger resigned Oct. 9, 2012. Schneiger lasted about two and a half years.

The only local candidate among finalists is a name familiar to many West Pasco residents, Peter Altman.

The city last month hired Altman as finance and human resources director, but he remains a contender for the city manager post.

Since 2005, Altman has worked as regional district manager and division president for District Management Service LLC in Tampa. Before then Altman was a certified public accountant, starting in 1987.

Altman first held elected office as a New Port Richey councilman, from 1986 to 1992. He was mayor from 1994 until 2000. He was Pasco county commissioner from 2000 until 2004.

Altman is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting, along with master’s level accounting.

Four out of five council members voted to interview Jim Pascale, the township administrator for the town of Princeton, N.J., from 1983 through the end of 2012.

Pascale also served as administrator for Mahwah Township, N.J. 1979 to 1983. He was assistant administrator for Princeton Township 1976 to 1979. He has a masters degree in public administration from Rutgers University.

Lyndon Bonner, North Miami Beach city manager and former Okeechobee County administrator, also will get a chance from New Port Richey council. He has held down the North Miami Beach post from March 2011 to September 2012. He served in the county position from April 2008 to March 2011.

Bonner was interim assistant county administrator in Sumter County for most of 2007. He was city manager of Bunnell from 2002 until 2006. Dunnellon employed him as director of public services from 1998 until 2001. His longest tenure came as emergency management coordinator of Wildwood from 1993 until 1998.

Bonner holds a master in business administration from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree from University of Florida.

Isaac Turner has served as First Baptist Church Venice administrator since early 2011. Previously, he held city manager position or other high-ranking official for six cities, dating back to 1984.

Turner was most recently Venice city manager, from 2009 until 2011. His longest tenure came as Ormond Beach city manager, from 2001 to 2008.

Before arriving in Florida, Turner oversaw McKinney, Tex., as city manager from 1997 until 2000. Before then he was assistant city manager of Longview, Tex., from 1991 to 1997. He was manager of administration at Dallas 1985 to 1991. He served Fort Worth as a management assistant from 1984 until 1985.

Turner holds a political science bachelor’s degree from Kansas State and a masters in public administration from the University of Kansas.

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