Eric Johnson, ever the finalist, passed over again for top job in Pasco government
Hillsborough County director of strategic planning Eric Johnson must be wondering if he will forever be the bridesmaid.
Johnson was passed over again Tuesday for the top job with a local government, this time for administrator of Pasco County. Commissioners voted instead to hire outsider Tomas "Tommy" Gonzalez, the city manager of Irving, Texas. From our account, it appears the choice among commissioners was between Gonzalez and current chief assistant county administrator Michele Baker.
Johnson was one of four finalists for the job. He is a former assistant county administrator and its one-time budget chief, but got shifted to his current role when current County Administrator Mike Merrill took over in Hillsborough in December 2012 and installed his own management team, sans Johnson.
In the past few years, Johnson has been a finalist for top local government posts a few times, including in Sarasota and Seminole counties, as well as Pasco. It appears the headhunters like his resume, but the elected folks making the hiring decision keep passing him over.