Former Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts on shortlist of candidates for economic development job in Florida

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— Former Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts is on a shortlist of candidates vying to become the next economic development manager in Hernando County, Fla., according to local media reports.

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Jon Roberts

The Hernando Today reported last week that nine candidates are being considered for the job for which 30 people applied.

The paper reported that Roberts cited "relocation to a milder climate" as his reason for leaving Steamboat.

Roberts resigned as city manager here in October 2012 following some tension with several members of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

His tenure as city manager was thrown into question when he received a contentious performance review from the City Council.

During the review, three council members came to Roberts' defense and said the city manager had done a commendable job of steering the city through challenging economic times.

In his list of accomplishments, Roberts leads off with his success in reducing the city's expenditures by 40 percent during his tenure without significantly reducing service levels.

After his resignation, Roberts moved with his wife, LeAnn, to Colorado Springs, where they sponsor Air Force Academy cadets.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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