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Pasco to start search for next administrator

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March

Pasco County commissioners said they don't want to wait to start searching for their next county administrator to replace Michele Baker who is retiring in 16 months. 

Commissioners said Tuesday in Dade City they want to hire a head hunter to begin the search, fearing an extended process could force them to rush a hiring decision next year. Baker has said she will not seek a new contract when her current agreement expires July 1, 2017. Baker, in a memo to commissioners, had recommended the board start its search in August or September, figuring on a six- to nine-month process.

Both Commissioners Mike Moore and Jack Mariano were eager to begin looking and eventually they persuaded the board to seek proposals from recruiting firms. The board plans to finalize the so-called request for proposals on March 29 for private companies to consider on April 1. The board set no other timeline for retaining the recruiter or hiring Baker's successor other than Moore saying he thought the next administrator should be available to help compile the 2017-18 budget. The tentative budget proposal would be released in mid-July 2017.  

The accelerated search came over the objections of Commissioner Ted Schrader who is leaving the board in November and is running for Pasco property appraiser. The hiring should be done by commissioners who will be working along side the next administrator, he said, and a premature search process also could preclude some qualified candidates from applying if the intended start date isn't until next spring or summer. 

"You're moving way too fast,'' Schrader said.

But the board followed the lead of Mariano and Moore. 

"The sooner, the better,'' Mariano said about starting the search. 

Baker, the former deputy coutnty administrator, was promoted to the top job in 2013 after a national search. She followed John Gallagher who had served as county administrator for more than three decades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pasco County commissioners said they don't want to wait to start searching for their next county administrator to replace Michele Baker who is retiring in  15 months. 

 

 

Commissioners said Tuesday they want to hire a head hunter to begin the search, fearing an extended process could force them to rush a hiring decision next year. Baker has said she will not seek a new contract when her current agreement expires July 1, 2017. Baker, in a memo to commissioners, had recommended the board start its search in August or September, figuring on a six- to nine-month process.

 

 

 

Both Commissioners Mike Moore and Jack Mariano were eager to begin looking and eventually they persuaded the board to seek proposals from recruiting firms. The board plans to finalize the so-called request for proposals on March 29 for private companies to consider on April 1. The board set no other timeline for hiring Baker's successor other than Moore saying he thought the next administrator should be available to help compile the 2017-18 budget. The tentative budget proposal would be released in mid-July 2017.  

 

 

 

The accelerated search came over the objections of Commissioner Ted Schrader who is leaving the board in November and is running for Pasco property appraiser. The hiring should be done by commissioners who will be working along side the next administrator, he said, and a premature search process could preclude some qualified candidates from applying if the intended start date isn't until next spring or summer. 

 

 

 

"You're moving way too fast,'' Schrader said.

 

 

 

But the board followed the lead of Mariano and Moore. 

 

 

 

"The sooner, the better,'' Mariano said about starting the search. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 1:42pm]

    

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