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Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala to cut jobs of two top lieutenants



Major change is coming to the hallways of the Clearwater courthouse, the seat of Pinellas County's government.

County Administrator Bob LaSala is planning to eliminate the jobs of two of his top deputies, part of an administrative shake-up he said is aimed at cutting costs and combining departments.

The new plan would cut two of the three existing assistant county administrator positions. Maureen Freaney and Carl Harness, both of whom became LaSala's assistant administrators two years ago, will no longer hold those jobs.

"I've recruited these people, they've been top performers, and it's with a great deal of anxiety that I am doing this," LaSala said. "But I think it needs to be done."

Freaney will stay on staff, LaSala said, as the director of the county's Animal Services Department, which she has been running for several months on an interim basis while the county searched for a new leader. But the job will come with a significant pay cut — Freaney currently makes about $155,000 LaSala said, and in her new position will earn about $30,000 less.

LaSala said he offered to find a new job for Harness but was turned down. Harness has applied to lead the Children's Board of Hillsborough County and has also put himself in contention to replace outgoing Pasco County Administrator John Galllagher.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:30pm]


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