Rob Turner's farewell note to Hillsborough Property Appraiser's office staff
Rob Turner offers no apology in a farewell note to employees of the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser's office, though his admission last year of sending porn to his former human resources director put all their jobs in jeopardy. So far, his successor, Bob Henriquez, appears content not to make any wholesale personnel moves in the near term. Here's the farewell email:
To the most outstanding local government team,
As you all should know, today is my last day to serve with you as your Hillsborough County Property Appraiser.
For those who welcomed me here in 1997 when I came in to the office you are most aware of the dramatic changes we have brought about. Back then there were 178 full time employees and dozens of temps. Today, our office is staffed by 130 full time professionals and no temps. Today, there are significantly greater number of parcels to manage and dozens of new rules and regulations that have made our jobs much more challenging.
I am proud and humbled to leave this office in far better condition than when I arrived, which was my goal from the beginning. The improvements are exemplary of the outstanding team of individuals who worked extremely hard and smart to get the job done “better, faster and cheaper”. It has been my honor and privilege to have been a contributing member of such an outstanding team.
The last six months have been very difficult, particularly with the attacks and misinformation about the office and staff represented by the press and candidates. The attacks on the staff of this office are made out of ignorance and personal agendas. You are each examples of the leading edge of technology, effective management and a focus on the taxpayers and residents of Hillsborough County. Please do not let the insults of a few small minded individuals to keep you from knowing you have and continue to do a great job.
I wish each of you all the very best in 2013 as you face the challenge of possible changes. I know you are up to the challenge, especially if you survived me. You hold a wonderful part of my life and in my heart. You are winners and will always be exceptional.