Pinellas taps Hillsborough official to fill new post
Carl Harness will leave Hillsborough County government to become an assistant county administrator under Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala. His job starts in November. He replaces the retiring Elithia Stanfield.
Harness was among top officials who received raises, drawing a backlash and ultimately playing into Pat Bean's firing as county administrator. He asked to have the raise rescinded and pay back the increase he had received, saying it was "the right thing to do."
Pinellas County's news release is below. Harness' salary with Pinellas wasn't immediately available. Video of Harness speaking about jobs in Hillsborough from a few years ago is above.
Carl S. Harness is Appointed as Assistant County Administrator for Pinellas County
County Administrator Robert S. LaSala announced the selection of Carl S. Harness as Assistant County Administrator for Pinellas County. Harness currently serves as Assistant County Administrator for Hillsborough County and has been in that position for the last seven years.
Harness has nearly 27 years experience in city and county management. For 13 years, he has held executive level positions in Florida local government and has been responsible for a wide array of operations and administrative functions.
He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and has held leadership positions in professional and civic organizations. He currently serves as the President of the Florida City County Management Association.
LaSala said, “Carl has broad experience in county government functions and demonstrates strong management and leadership skills. I believe we are fortunate to secure a professional executive with Mr. Harness’ background. I am confident he will make a positive contribution to Pinellas County”.
Harness will begin working on Nov. 14, 2010, filling a vacant Assistant County Administrator’s position resulting from the retirement of Elithia Stanfield.