Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Tampa Port Authority selects executive search firm in just 28 days

Port Authority quickly chooses search firm

TAMPA — The Tampa Port Authority's governing board on Tuesday selected an executive search firm to find the port's next director — even as commissioners complained about the process for finding that firm.

Last month commissioners promised to take their time replacing Richard Wainio, who recently resigned as port director. But critics think the Port Authority moved too quickly to hire the firm. In just 28 days the Port Authority sent out a request for bids, advertised the contract, accepted bids, ranked them and chose a winner: Boyden Global Executive Search.

Commissioner Patrick Allman proposed letting commissioners personally interview the top three search firms that were instead ranked by staff. Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman, who sits on the port board, said she would have preferred that — but still didn't support Allman, who was the lone dissenter in the 4-1 vote.

Murman found fault with the process, she said, but not the rankings. In August the board will hold a workshop and tell the search firm what it wants in a new port director.

"Once we start the workshop, that's when we need to slow down the process," Murman said. "Not on this end."

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