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City's past problems haunt new leader

BROOKSVILLE -- A new lawsuit filed by a former employee against the City of Brooksville is stirring dark memories about the turmoil that consumed the administration a year ago.

In a lawsuit made public this week, Robert F. Buck, the former golf program instructor at the city-run Quarry Golf Course, alleges that he was wrongfully terminated for filing grievances against a fellow employee.

The suit seeks more than $15,000 in damages, including lost pay and attorneys fees. Buck also wants this job back. The detailed pleadings in the nine-page filing paint a dismal picture of the city’s inter-workings in 2006 and 2007, especially at the Department of Parks and Recreation. Former City Manager Richard Anderson and interim City Manager Steve Baumgartner are both singled out in the lawsuit along with current parks director Mike Walker. It's just another headache for current City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha, who inherited the mess.

For more read tomorrow's Hernando edition of the Times.

--John Frank, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:29am]


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