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Brooksville City Council member takes job in Panhandle

BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville City Council member Emory Pierce has been hired as city manager in the Panhandle community of Blountstown.

Pierce was unavailable for comment, but a spokeswoman for the Blountstown city clerk's office confirmed that he started the job Monday.

Pierce, who previously worked as Brooksville's public works director, earned a spot on the City Council last year after running unopposed. It was not known Monday whether Pierce intends to resign his council position.

According to thecountyrecord.net, the Blountstown City Council interviewed three candidates for the $55,000-a-year manager's position in a special session Friday before hiring Pierce.

Located in Calhoun County, about 40 miles southwest of Tallahassee, Blountstown has a population of 2,500.

Brooksville City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha had fired Pierce in 2009 for insubordination and for allowing unauthorized work to take place in the construction of the city's portion of the Good Neighbor Trail project.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or lneill@sptimes.com.

Brooksville City Council member takes job in Panhandle 07/25/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 25, 2011 5:49pm]
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