City Manager Candidates
The Temple Terrace City Council voted to approve the below four candidates to advance to the interview stage in the search for a new City Manager at their August 2 City Council meeting. The four individuals were chosen from a list of the top 10 applicants as ranked by Colin Baenziger & Associates, a nationally recognized executive recruiting firm. In all, 38 individuals applied for the position. The Council also approved a schedule for the next stages of the process, which will include an opportunity for public input.
The City of Temple Terrace will host a City Manager Candidate "Meet and Greet” on Wednesday, August 17 from 5:30 – 7 pm at the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club, 200 Inverness Ave., Temple Terrace. Food and beverages will be provided.
Mayor Andy Ross and the Temple Terrace City Council invite residents, business owners and members of community organizations to meet, engage with and review the four candidates for the Temple Terrace City Manager position. Introductions and brief presentations from each candidate will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. Candidates will be available to interact with the public between 6 and 7 pm.
Mr. Baia has been the Deputy City Manager for Concord, NH (population 43,503) since 2007. Previously he worked for Deerfield Beach, FL (population 75,018) for nine years, with the last eight as the Economic Development Manager. While organizational accomplishments and accountability remain fundamental, Mr. Baia has learned that inclusive leadership is essential for team achievement. His biggest success is Concord’s Downtown Complete Streets Program. The City’s downtown with dozens of 19th-century buildings. For decades, many of these buildings were largely vacant or only the ground floors were occupied. By the 2000s, a series of planning studies found that the heart of downtown, Main Street, was “fragile” and on the tipping point of economic failure. Sensing this urgency, the City, working with non-profit partners, began a “Rethinking Main Street” initiative that culminated with a federal grant application to fund a comprehensive “Complete Streets” rehabilitation of downtown. Their application was supported by a creative community YouTube campaign, and they were successful. They spent the next four years soliciting extensive public input involving over 70 public meetings. The result was a $14 million project designed by the community and which won multiple awards including the national “Project of the Year” from the American Public Works Association. Ultimately, the effort increased safety, revitalized the public space, reduced commercial vacancy rates by half and led to the construction of approximately 200 units of new housing. Mr. Baia has a bachelor’s degree in politics from Brandeis University, a master’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in political science and public affairs from the University of Florida. He is an ICMA credentialed manager.
Attendees are encouraged to register any comments or preferences regarding the candidates to Council members as soon as possible. Feedback forms will be available at the Meet and Greet.
Public interviews of the four candidates will be conducted at a special meeting of the City Council at Temple Terrace City Hall, 11250 N. 56th St., on Thursday, August 18, beginning at 1:30pm. The meeting will be broadcast on Spectrum Channel 641 and Frontier Channel 39, as well as on the City’s YouTube Channel.
Another special City Council meeting will be held at City Hall at 6pm on Tuesday, August 23, at which time City Council is expected to vote on a final candidate. That meeting also will be broadcast.
The contract for former Temple Terrace City Manager Charles Stephenson was terminated on February 1 of this year. Steve Spina, a senior consultant with Imagine That Performance, a consulting company focused on local government leadership, has served as interim City Manager since February 16. Per his contract, which expires October 1, Dr. Spina was not eligible to apply.