Public services director says 'no' to interim administrator position

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM.

“We want to advertise all over the state of Florida,” Abbott said. “We want to have as qualified a candidate as possible to interview.” He noted that some nearby counties have been undergoing county manager searches as well.

“I hate to say it, but the only way we are going to bring this county into the 21th Century is to hire someone from the outside,” Pate said.

Brock said the board should take time to consider the situation and not rush into anything. “I think we should not move too quickly,” Brock said. “Maybe the department heads can run things on their own.

Chairman Bush asked interim HR director Davis if he would be interested in applying for the county administrator position, and Davis said he would. Bush asked if the county attorney could oversee the creation of the job description for the county administrator, so Davis would not have to write the description for a position for which he would be applying.

“I’m not saying you can’t write your own job description, I have done it myself in the past,” Bush said. “But it probably wasn’t the right thing to do.”

Brock said that Corbin had the most experience of any employee with the county and would be a good choice for a go-between for the employees and the board.

“I think you are putting David under an incredible amount of pressure,” Abbott said. “You all know that he is a people-pleaser, and he would do anything he could to help someone.”

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