Dade City commissioners hired Leslie Porter as the new finance director at a special commission meeting held Monday.
Porter was looking for a salary between $65,000 and $70,000 and negotiated for a salary of $65,000 to be increased to $70,000 after a six-month probationary period is completed.
The commissioners are now seeking a candidate to fill the vacant position of city clerk. More than 200 applications were received, said City Manager Billy Poe. The commissioners have narrowed the number down to three candidates who will be interviewed Thursday.
Porter, a Wesley Chapel resident, is a transplant from Maryland where she served as the treasurer and chief finance officer for Chesapeake Beach for almost 10 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and a masters of taxation from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Porter replaces Jim Class, who left the position Friday. Class had served as finance director and city clerk for more than 21 years.
At an Oct. 21 workshop, a divided commission decided to split the city clerk/finance director position, leaving Class as finance director only.
Class’ surprise resignation Dec. 10 required the commissioners to conduct interviews in the middle of the holiday season to find a replacement. Class is leaving the city to accept a job as a senior manager in the finance department at the Pasco County School Board.