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.

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 Monday, August 22 (note the change from the previously announced date which was altered to accommodate Election Day), at which time City Council is expected to vote on a final candidate. Residents are welcome to come and provide comments on the candidates. 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.

Baia, Carlos - PictureCarlos Baia

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.

Fritz, Anne - PictureAnne Fritz

Ms. Fritz has been the Chief Financial Officer for the City of St. Petersburg, FL (population 261,338) since 2010. Her prior employment includes serving as the Finance Director for the City of Westlake, OH (population 32,689) for ten years and the Finance Director for Willard, OH (population 6,806) for ten years. She has also served as an elected official on an HOA board. Ms. Fritz’s management style is service based. In particular, she creates a specialized team that serves the City the same way an outside firm would. Her personal expertise includes, in particular, customer service, finance, and technology management. She is most proud that the financial management of the cities she has served has been recognized by the bond rating agencies. While in Westlake, they achieved Aaa/AAA/AAA ratings from the three national rating agencies. In St. Petersburg, they have maintained a Moody’s AA2 rating throughout the financial crisis as well as with the city’s challenges with the water and sewer infrastructure. In addition, they were able to achieve an AA+ from Fitch for their Public Utility Tax issue used to finance the City’s new Pier and Pier approach project. Ms. Fritz has a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from Heidelberg University and a master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University. She has also completed the coursework for a Ph.D. in urban affairs and public policy from Cleveland State University. She is a Certified Public Funds Trustee and a Certified Public Finance Officer.

Orme, Mark - Picture

Mark Orme

Mr. Orme most recently worked for Chico, CA (population 98,683) for nine years, with the last eight years as City Manager. He also worked for Hemet, CA (population 81,203) for fourteen years and was the Interim City Manager at the time of his departure. Mr. Orme has a participative management style. He believes in allowing professionals to do what they were hired to do, and not micromanaging them, all while holding them accountable. One of his achievements is rebuilding the foundation of Chico while there. Beginning with the City’s fiscal policies, which brought the City back from almost certain bankruptcy, to the technology infrastructure that was deficient, he has reestablished a level of sophistication and resiliency for Chico which will take it well into the future. From something as mundane as a CAD system purchase that created a resilient and interoperable system county-wide, to something as simple as a performance management system to base employee evaluations on (thereby making them more efficient and meaningful), there have been many accomplishments to be proud of. He did not do it alone, however. His colleagues and staff, through their efforts to fulfill the vision, made it a success. It was truly a team effort. Mr. Orme has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands. He is an ICMA credentialed manager.

Kelley, Stephen - PictureSteve Kelley

Mr. Kelley has been the County Judge Executive (equivalent to an elected County Manager) for Pulaski County, KY (population 64,789) since 2015. Prior to this employment, he owned several businesses in the community. Management by walking around best describes Mr. Kelley’s style. His legacy is the creation and implementation of SPEDA (Somerset Pulaski Economic Development Authority). For fifty years, Pulaski County had an industrial foundation, which was responsible for recruitment of industry, and economic development in general. At first, it was an effective organization, but by the time Mr. Kelley took office, it had grown stagnant and ineffective. It had a self-appointing board made up of twelve businessmen and businesswomen and became a very strong political machine, with absolutely no accountability to the taxpayers. It became Mr. Kelley’s primary focus to “kill” the old organization and replace it with a new, well-functioning agency. It was a very difficult fight because the organization was older than he was and was very entrenched. He had the support of the common man, the local newspaper, and a few board members, however, and they fought hard the first four years of his administration. After a local mayor who was participating was defeated (he was against the change), the new mayor embraced the vision, and SPEDA was officially launched. Since the launch of SPEDA, the County has seen record economic investment, a resurgence of arts and culture, and new workforce initiatives. The bottom line is all aspects of economic development in the County have been transformed. They have been praised by the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet as a visionary model for economic development and have also garnered national recognition for their efforts. Mr. Kelley has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Western Kentucky University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina.