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Pensacola city manager to replace Baker in Durham

Tom Bonfield, city manager in the Florida city since 1998, will replace Patrick Baker, who takes over this month as Durham's city attorney.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Pensacola, Fla., city manager is expected to replace Durham's outgoing city manager, sources in Pensacola tell WRAL News.

Tom Bonfield, who was appointed to the city manager position in Florida in 1998, will replace Patrick Baker, who will take over this month as Durham's city attorney.

Bonfield, however, is not one of the three finalists for the post whom Mayor Bill Bell announced in April.

Bell had no comment Monday, but the City Council was expected to meet in the afternoon in a special closed session to discuss the city manager search.

According to the City of Pensacola's Web site, Bonfield has more than 25 years in local government administration, including city manager and financial administrative positions.

Baker, who became city manager in 2004, is taking the place of former city attorney Henry Blinder, who retired in January.

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