Will he “feel right” about this one?
Eight months after he ditched Wichita after signing a contact, Pat Salerno has landed a job. City commissioners in Coral Gables, Fla. selected him as their new manager today, according to a report in the Miami Herald. The story says commissioners initially voted 3-2, but gave Salerno a 4-1 vote on a second round. His selection comes after several other interviews in other cities that chose other candidates over him.
Salerno didn’t bill the city for his trips to Wichita. But Mayor Carl Brewer and Council member Sue Schlapp flew to Salerno’s former city, Sunrise, Fla. after interviewing him, and the city and its appointed board poured hours of work into the selection process. (The Eagle also sent a reporter to Sunrise.)
Salerno has never given Wichita any real indication why he backed out of his commitment. Mayor Carl Brewer said that Salerno only told him “I just don’t feel right.”