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Former Pasco assistant superintendent Ray Gadd resigns from non-profit

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September

Speculation is growing that Ray Gadd, whom outgoing Pasco schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino dismissed in 2009, is on his way back to the district.

Gadd last week resigned his post as chief executive officer of Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, a job he won shortly after leaving the district, with his departure planned for the end of November. His move comes just months after his contract renewal.

Gadd, once considered a possible challenger to Fiorentino, instead threw his support behind former secretary of state Kurt Browning, who defeated Fiorentino in the GOP primary and faces only token write-in opposition in the November general election. Browning's swearing in date is Nov. 20, just 10 days before Gadd ends his current job.

Browning would not confirm whether Gadd has been advising him on his transition, or if Gadd will be part of his administration.

"I haven't finalized my team yet," he said, adding that he would not likely make any announcements on potential personnel moves for several weeks. "I do not want to cause any more stress for these people" who are working for the district. "They've got a job to do."

Gadd could not be reached for comment.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 9:33am]

    

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