Henriquez sworn in a day after Latimer in Hillsborough
Bob Henriquez took the oath of office Tuesday, officially taking over the property appraiser post, in a ceremony attended by family, friends and some of his new employees, not to mention a number of elected officials, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
Absent from the investiture was Rob Turner, the man he is replacing and who had held the job for 16 years until he was defeated in the Republican primary in the wake of a porn scandal. Henriquez nevertheless took pains to compliment Turner's stewardship, saying he doesn't plan to dramatically remake the office. He'd like to reinvigorate it instead, he said.
"The office has done remarkably well. I honor the service of Mr. Turner," said Henriquez in remarks from a courtroom on the sixth floor of the George E. Edgecomb courthouse building. "It has been a very well run office for many, many years.
"As we move forward, there's a new captain of the ship."
Henriquez was sworn in by Hillsborough County Public Defender Julianne Holt. Invitations listed him as Bob "Coach" Henriquez, a nod to his years coaching football at Tampa Catholic High School, a position he stepped down from after winning election. There were many references to his coaching experience during his speech and in introductory remarks by Holt.
Holt described Henriquez as someone for whom she has the "utmost confidence," the "utmost respect."
Henriquez's investiture followed by a day the swearing in on Craig Latimer as supervisor of elections. Latimer had been the chief deputy under the late Phyllis Busansky. He stayed in the same role under her successor, Earl Lennard, the former school district superintendent who was appointed to replace Busansky and has now retired.
Latimer was sworn in by County Judge James Dominquez, who also happens to be a long-time member of the county's canvassing board, which certifies the outcome of elections.
Dominguez said that the office in recent years has set a high standard of competency and fairness.
"You need to be very proud of that office," Dominguez said to those in attendance, which also included friends of Latimer's, family members, elected officials and employees of the office.