Search for new Hillsborough County attorney extended
So it may take awhile to name a new Hillsborough County attorney.
Commissioners voted unanimously to extend their deadline for accepting applications for the vacancy created last year when they forced former County Attorney Renee Lee out of the job. They've also asked a headhunter to post new advertisements for the job, expressing belief that, with just 16 applicants, publicity about the job opening was inadequate.
As part of their unanimous vote, commissioners asked that their civil service staff get involved in the screening process.
A majority of commissioners expressed dissatisfaction with the amount of detail they got from the California search firm paid $25,000 to screen applicants about what led it to recommend four finalists for consideration. Representatives of Ralph Anderson & Associates of Rocklin, Calif. were not present for the meeting.
The four people it provided will remain finalists, but commissioners want to see if more names could be added to the list. The current finalists are former Tampa City Attorney Chip Fletcher; Jim Porter, a former chief assistant Hillsborough County attorney; Joseph Patner, head of civil litigation for the city of St. Petersburg; and Andrew J. McMahon, chief assistant county attorney for the litigation section of the Palm Beach County attorney's office.