Temple Terrace Close to Hiring New City Manager

Officials are working to offer the job to Jeffrey Mihelich, an assistant city manager in Arizona.

The City of Temple Terrace is close to hiring a replacement for City Manager Kim Leinbach, who is scheduled to retire March 29.

“The City Council interviewed four finalists Monday,” said Michael Dunn, the city’s public information officer. “They selected Jeffrey Mihelich as the No. 1 finalist.”

Now, a team consisting of Mayor Frank Chillura, Aleicia Latimer, director of the city’s Human Resources Department, and the city’s legal representation will negotiate with Mihelich and offer him a contract, Dunn said.

According to a story posted on TBO.com, Mihelich has been the assistant city manager of Surprise, AZ, since 2008 and had a similar role in the village of Algonquin, IL, from 1996 to 2008. He also served as director of planning and community development in Poquoson, VA, from 1994 to 1996 and senior planner in James City County, VA, from 1991 to 1994.

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Mihelich earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice from University of Wisconsin in 1989, and a master’s degree in city planning urban policy from Portland State University in Oregon in 1991, the TBO.com story states.

Although there is no deadline for Mihelich to respond to the city, Dunn said officials “hope to reach an agreement quickly since Mr. Leinbach will be leaving at the end of March.”

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