Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rockville names new City Manager

The City of Rockville has named Robert DiSpirito, who is the interim senior manager of the Sarasota County (Florida) Planning and Development Department, as its new City Manager.

DiSpirito also served as the city manager of Dunedin, Florida for nine years, and as city manager of Oberlin, Ohio for eleven years.

In Dunedin, DiSpirito oversaw 400 employees and an $80 million budget. He created the city's Housing & Economic Development Department, and is credited with guiding Dunedin's award-winning downtown and redevelopment citywide. This could be an asset for a town center in Rockville that some consider to be currently underperforming in certain respects.

"My wife, Evangelina, our children and I truly look forward to making Rockville our new home," DiSpirito said in a statement. "This is an amazing and diverse community of strong neighborhoods, beautiful parks, high-performing schools, a lively town center and engaged citizens. As city manager, I look forward to reaching out and hearing what matters to our employees, residents, civic groups, schools, businesses and other partners."


  1. DiSpirito "resigned" from his most recent job as city manager after the Dunedin City Commission (Tampa Bay, Florida area)attempted to fire him weeks earlier. This happened earlier this year. HOWEVER, it looks like DiSpirito was on the side of citizens and an advocate for transparency. Mr. DiSpirito, Good luck in Rockville.


  2. The decision must have been a real kick in the pants for Craig Simoneau.