Elected county mayor comes up at Pinellas meeting
CLEARWATER -- As Pinellas County commissioners set goals, one just popped up at a planning session Tuesday: an elected county mayor.
No commissioner's name was listed on a TV screen presentation of it, but Commissioner Ken Welch and others pointed to one guy who had a slight grin: Commissioner Neil Brickfield.
The idea was broached by Brickfield's Safety Harbor colleague Andy Steingold at this year's charter review commission meetings, but it fell flat. It brought a sigh from Welch, a charter board member, who sighed and pointed to Brickfield seated next to him.
"You left out the word benevolent," said County Administrator Bob LaSala, no fan of an elected executive, to the meeting facilitator giving the presentation.
Brickfield said a county mayor is worth exploring as a "galvanizing" force for the county. "In that we don't have a person elected countywide with an agenda for the county that a county mayor would have," Brickfield said.
He a little sheepishly downplayed his interest in the job.