PLANT CITY — The city of Tampa’s public works and utility services administrator has been selected as Plant City’s new city manager.
Mike Herr has been with the city of Tampa for a little more than two years. He has more than 35 years of experience in government administration, including seven years as Polk County manager.
Herr said he has enjoyed his time with the city of Tampa, but looks forward to his new job in Plant City. “It’s a great opportunity,” he said.
Herr’s hiring is subject to city commission approval of his employment agreement at a Sept. 2 meeting. He tentatively is scheduled to start Sept. 29 and will be paid $135,000 per year.
He would replace Greg Horwedel, who resigned in April to become deputy Hillsborough County administrator.
Herr was selected by city commissioners from a field of 70 applicants for the post. The commissioners interviewed five finalists.
City Commissioner Billy Keel said he was impressed with Herr. “He was a fantastic candidate for the job,” Keel said. “He just kind of blew me away,” with his experience for the job.
Mayor Rick Lott said Herr has a strong background in business development. “I thought he was the right person at the right time for our city,” Lott said.
City Commissioner Mike Sparkman cast the only dissenting vote on Herr’s selection. Sparkman said he had another finalist in mind, but Herr ran a close second.
“I think we got a good man,” Sparkman said. “I think he’ll do terrific things for Plant City.”
Retired City Manager David Sollenberger has served in an interim role since Horwedel resigned. He plans to remain on the job until the end of September to help with the transition as Herr comes on board.