Saturday, April 21, 2018
News Roundup

Commissioners give Hernando administrator excellent reviews

BROOKSVILLE — For the second straight year, Hernando County Administrator Len Sossamon has earned high scores from county commissioners, including two perfect evaluations.

Hired in May 2012, Sossamon's overall score this year was 4.428 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 meaning "excellent/proficient." That is up from last year's score of 4.09.

Commission Chairman Wayne Dukes and Commissioner Diane Rowden, who don't always agree on issues, gave Sossamon 5's in each of 15 categories, ranging from planning and organizing to humor and ethics.

Dukes praised Sossamon for thinking outside the box, being a good communicator and stepping up to take on more responsibilities. In addition to serving as administrator, Sossamon agreed several months ago to take on the role of economic development director.

For Sossamon's goals in the year ahead, Dukes wrote "fast track'' of projects.

"The county administrator has brought back consistency in government,'' Rowden wrote. "He respects the county employees as the backbone of the organization and values their input. The administrator has gained the employees' respect through his management style.

"Mr. Sossamon is such a breath of fresh air for Hernando County's administrator position.''

Rowden suggested that Sossamon continue to delegate more work to his four assistant administrators so he can spend more time on economic development.

Commissioner Dave Russell noted that Sossamon's involvement in community functions was a good reflection on the county and he wrote that the administrator has "strong visioning for enhancing quality of life initiatives.''

Sossamon's lowest score came from Commissioner Jim Adkins, who gave him only one 5 — for "communication with the governing body."

Sossamon, 63, who came to Hernando from North Carolina, did not complete a self-evaluation.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1434.

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