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Hernando commissioner delays expected harsh critique of administrator

BROOKSVILLE — County Commissioner Jeff Stabins' long-awaited critique of County Administrator David Hamilton's three years on the job was shelved on Tuesday, a victim of a crowded meeting agenda.

For weeks, Stabins has verbally lashed Hamilton at every opportunity, including sending an eight-page open letter last week that, among other things, complained about his "cavalier, conniving and cold-hearted'' leadership style.

Stabins' letter also criticized Hamilton's choice to recommend general contractor Greg Jarque to provide construction management services to the Hernando Beach Channel dredging project. Stabins called Jarque a "crony'' of Hamilton's wife, Linda, who worked with Jarque on the Arc Nature Coast construction project.

Just two months ago, Stabins joined his fellow commissioners in giving the county administrator satisfactory grades on his three-year performance review.

Stabins had said he would make a presentation on Tuesday of Hamilton's "reign,'' and was seeking a full discussion of the administrator's actions on the long-stalled dredge project and other issues. There has been speculation that the review could have put Hamilton's job in jeopardy.

Instead, with the meeting running hours behind schedule, Stabins said he would defer his discussion about Hamilton until the board's next regular meeting April 26. He said that it would give Hamilton more of a chance to respond and noted that the criticisms were on the record now.

Hernando commissioner delays expected harsh critique of administrator 04/12/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:26pm]
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