Hillsborough Civil Service director apologizes to Sheriff
TAMPA -- Hillsborough County's Civil Service Board apologized to Sheriff David Gee last week for statements made by a Civil Service employee to a Florida House committee that implied the Sheriff's Office wants to do away with affirmative action in its hiring.
Civil Service, which performs human resources-type duties for 21 local government agencies, could see its operations slashed by Florida House Bill 683, which would allow local governments to take over many of the duties Civil Service currently performs. On March 12, Alma Gonzalez -- a Civil Service employee -- testified to the House Committee on Local and Federal Affairs that "The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is not sure they want to do affirmative action the way it is currently being done," according to a press release issued by Civil Service Director Dane Peterson March 26.
"That statement is not accurate and does not reflect the opinion of the Hillsborough County Civil Service Board," Peterson wrote in his apology to Gee. "I personally know and attest that the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office currently is and for at least the last 25 years has been one of the most active Hillsborough County government agencies when it comes to affirmative action in recruiting, employment, promotion, and retention."