Interim City Manager Steven Spina, PhD, was sworn in as the Interim City Manager for the City of Temple Terrace on Feb. 16, 2022. Spina is a senior consultant with Imagine That Performance, a consulting company focused on local government leadership. The Temple Terrace City Council approved a contract with Imagine That at its regular meeting on Feb. 15 to provide an Interim City Manager and Leadership Transition Team as the city searches for a permanent City Manager.
Spina served as the City Manager for Zephyrhills for 20 years prior to retiring in 2019. Last year, under the auspices of Imagine That, he spent three months as the Interim Town Manager for Kenneth City.
Spina currently serves as a visiting instructor at the University of South Florida (USF) in the School of Public Affairs, Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. He previously has taught as an adjunct and visiting instructor at USF, in both the MPA and Criminal Justice programs. Among the courses he has taught are Ethics and Public Service, Labor Relations, Research Methods, Policy Analysis, Strategic Planning and Introduction to Public Administration.
Spina received both an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications and an MPA from USF. He also has a master’s degree and doctorate in Political Science from the University of Florida.
He is a member of the Florida City/ County Manager’s Association, serves as a Board Member for the Suncoast Chapter of American Society of Public Administrators and the International City/County Management Association. Spina is also a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, a public administration honorary society.
The City Manager is responsible for administering the policies established by the City Council and overseeing the city’s day-to-day operations.
Temple Terrace is a full-service municipality and the city manager administers the delivery of high-quality services with the efficient staffs of the Marketing and Communications and Business Relations Offices as well as almost a dozen departments, including: