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Can't say lawyer candidates have not been warned



It's not so easy replacing half of Tom Gonzalez.

The next Hillsborough County School Board attorney will have to advise the board, often on-the-spot with cameras rolling, while Gonzalez, the district's longtime counsel, handles litigation.

Drawing only two candidates -- there were three, but Pinellas's Jim Robinson dropped out because of all the controversy over the selection process -- the district will re-open the search, pending a vote by the School Board on Tuesday.

In the interest of really full disclosure, the procurement office revised the request for qualifications. Note the changes in red. Essentially, they want candidates to know that:

1. The job (more precisely, a contract) is part-time, and probably does not include litigation.

2. The person hired must be able to "interact and effectively communicate with group members of differing opinions."

3. In addition to the usual list of government accounts, the district wants two references that "reflect how you responded when involved in a contentious setting."

4. Later in the RFQ, also in red: "Excellent ability to work with individuals of opposing opinions is necessary."

The contract is good for a year.

[Last modified: Monday, June 24, 2013 5:30pm]


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