Headhunter submits four finalists for Hillsborough County attorney vacancy
An executive search firm has submitted four finalists for the vacant Hillsborough County attorney position for commissioners to consider. Three of them may be familiar names to people who follow politics and/or local government in the Tampa Bay region.
The finalists are:
Charles R. "Chip" Fletcher, former city attorney for Tampa from 2008 to 2011, who most recently has been working with the Gray Robinson firm;
Jim Porter, a former chief assistant county attorney for the Hillsborough County attorney's office, who worked there from 1990 to 2004. Porter left the office in the fallout from former County Attorney Emmy Acton's departure and moved on to the Ruden McClosky firm as a partner, where he continued to focus in the area of land-use. In 2010, a group of attorneys split from that firm, including Porter, and formed the Tampa office of the Adams and Reese firm, where Porter is also a partner.
Joseph P. Patner, head of civil litigation for the city of St. Petersburg, from 2005 to the present. Among his accomplishments, he lists successfully defending the city against lawsuits brought by the then St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune involving panhandling and street solicitations.
Andrew J. McMahon, chief assistant county attorney for the litigation section of the Palm Beach County attorney's office, from 1996 to the present.
See below for a link to an agenda item Wednesday when commissioners will discuss how to proceed from here. The agenda material includes the finalists' full resumes and cover letters.