Transportation agency chief gets real evaluation
The head of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission got a real evaluation Wednesday, as in one written by his bosses. And it wasn't quite as glowing as the one he wrote for himself late last year. Members of the PTC, which regulates taxis, ambulances and other cars for hire, gave Executive Director Cesar Padilla an average score of 3.7 on a scale of one to five, with five being the best. The Tampa Bay Times reported earlier this month that Padilla has been writing his own annual evaluation for years and simply submitting it to the PTC chairman for approval. Not surprisingly, his own evaluation scored his performance last year at 4.6. New Chairman Victor Crist, a county commissioner, called a halt to the practice in December, having the seven member PTC rate Padilla. Noteably, after all that, three of the seven PTC members did not fill out an evaluation, though Plant City Mayor Mike Sparkman noted he is a new appointee to the board and didn't feel qualified to prepare an assessment. The other two are County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan and Tampa City Council member Yvonne Yolie Capin.