Kenneth City Expands Consulting Agreement and Selects New Interim Town Manager

Dr. Steven Spina to assume role as Lynne Ladner steps down as Interim Town Manager
TAMPA, Fla. - June 10, 2021 - PRLog -- The Town of Kenneth City voted last night to expand the agreement last night with Imagine That Performance to appoint Steven Spina, Ph.D. as the Interim Town Manager at the conclusion of current Interim Manager Lynne Ladner's term ending on June 11. The Council voted unanimously to enhance what has been in place since May 12th providing professional services to the Town in the role of Assistant to the Town Manager.

Dr. Spina, a senior consultant with Imagine That Performance, brings more than 20 years of City Manager experience from managing the City of Zephyrhills, Florida, where he oversaw a $56 million budget, including three enterprise funds, and 170 employees. Dr. Spina also currently serves as an instructor at the University of South Florida, in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.

In addition to the appointment of Dr. Spina, Jocilyn Martinez, Ph.D. has been appointed as Interim Town Clerk. Dr. Martinez, also a senior consultant with Imagine That Performance, worked in local government for over 10 years, most recently for the City of Port Richey, Florida as Assistant City Manager. Dr. Martinez currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Public Administration at the University of South Florida.

"The appointments are a short-term solution until the Town Council is able to select a new Town Manager," said Rob Duncan, Managing Director of Imagine That Performance ( "We are honored to provide assistance during this time of transition in Kenneth City." In addition to the appointments, Mr. Duncan will continue to serve as the Assistant to the Town Manager.

Applications for the Town Manager position are being accepted until June 25th.

Outgoing Interim Town Manager Lynne Ladner left a mark in a short term as Interim Town Manager. "The time that you have been here, you have taught me more how this town operates how it should operate and why it operates the way that it does," said Mayor Robert Howell, "in the short period of time you've been here, you taught me the why and how, thank you." As Interim Town Manager, Ms. Ladner inherited an organization depleted of staff, but found creative solutions to ensure no disruption of services to residents.

Imagine That Performance, LLC is a consulting firm that has established nationwide Virtual Think Tanks for City Managers and County Administrators. These professionally facilitated groups offer Chief Administrative Officers the real-time platform to leverage other leaders' experience to ask the right questions and offer insight prior to developing solutions. With direct assistance local government consulting, Imagine That Performance is providing hands-on resources to get work done that generates the desired outcomes for municipalities.

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