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Hernando DPW chief under fire



Hernando County's public works chief Charles Mixson is on the hot seat as a Times investigation continues to dredge up problems in his department. The latest word is that County Administrator David Hamilton plans to meet with Mixson this week about the problems.

In a nutshell, the controversy surrounds the county's roadway management system. The Times broke a story Thursday about a criminal investigation concerning county road guru Bill Busch's apparent conflicts of interest with private contractors. Then came harsh words from the county's top boss toward his supervisor, Mixson, and news of more problems at the Department of Public Works. The glaring issues emerged in Busch's county e-mails, which were detailed in a revealing Sunday story.

Amid all this, the county is trying to hire a new human resources director. The two finalists are Cheryl I. Marsden of Davenport, Iowa, and Nancy W. Duggan of Dunedin. Nothing says welcome to Hernando County like a intense controversy.

--John Frank, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:33am]


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