By Zack Peterson
It was 45 minutes to work and 45 minutes back.
Since taking a job in Hernando County last year, Tim Urban would spend 90 minutes a day on the road, a grind that he has decided to give up. Urban, 44, is planning a move to Hernando, meaning he will have to surrender his seat on the Zephyrhills City Council.
It all started last November when Urban took the job in Hernando County. The former assistant principal at Zephyrhills High took a job as manager of professional development for Hernando County Schools. Then came the long commutes back and forth, forcing Urban to stretch his resources between two counties.
Finally, Urban choose between the two, knowing he couldn’t continue on with both.
“For about a year and a half, I was a council member,” Urban said. “I represented the people of Zephyrhills when it came to setting policy and when it came to approving programs for the city.”
However, Urban felt it was necessary to live in the Hernando County community for his new position because of “the nature of the work.”
As the manger of professional development for Hernando County, Urban will oversee training in the education system there.
“I enjoy my new position; it’s going to be a new challenge,” Urban said. “It was a tough decision, but it’s going to be a new chapter in my life.”
Urban’s resignation will take effect July 1. The city will hold a special election to replace him.