Mayor selects building official
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn has offered the job of the city's building official to Kevin Donohue of St. Petersburg.
The offer, however, is made contingent on Donohue obtaining his Florida building official's license, which Donohue said he expects to receive Oct. 23 at the next Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors meeting.
Donohue has more than 20 years experience as a building official, but just moved to Florida from New York earlier this year.
The mayor said the offer is also dependent on approval by the city commission.
However, said SueLynn, Donohue is definitely the top candidate. He was "by far the most qualified" of the candidates interviewed after Larry Hilton of Arcadia turned down the job, she said.
"His experience is extensive and his personality such that I felt he would work well with residents, contrators and staff. His references were glowing," the mayor concluded.
City commissioners will have an opportunity to meet Donohue personally prior to the Oct. 23 commission meeting at which his appointment will be discussed.
Ironically, Donohue is a former building official with the City of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where Anna Maria City Commissioner Tom Aposporos served two terms as mayor in the 1980s.
Aposporos said he did not know Donohue personally, but was aware of his "sterling reputation" and talked with Donohue on at least one occasion by telephone after he left office.
"He handled that problem in a very professional manner. If that was any indication of his qualities, he will do very well in Anna Maria," Aposporos said.