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Hernando County emergency management aide resigns

BROOKSVILLE — Stephanie Anderson, the secretary for Hernando County's emergency management office who was placed on paid administrative leave last week, resigned Monday.

"I (have) resigned my position with Hernando County effective 4/18/08," she stated in a handwritten note without giving any other details.

Anderson, 44, was secretary to emergency management director Tom Leto. Leto was also placed on leave last week amid a criminal investigation into financial wrongdoing in his office. Officials have said the inquiry specifically targeted overtime and payroll records.

Leto remains on paid leave until the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and the State Attorney's Office decide whether a crime took place.

Deputy County Administrator Larry Jennings said there had been no other developments in the case Monday.

Anderson could not be reached for comment but her file at the county's human resources department indicates that she knew how to deal with financial records.

Before coming to Hernando and being hired as a secretary in February 2006, Anderson had worked for more than 12 years with Miami-Dade public schools. She was secretary and treasurer at a school for a number of years, handling all of the internal funds, financial transactions and personnel payroll functions.

From there, she moved in 2001 to become a regional business manager for the school district. She monitored monthly bank reconciliations and internal fund financial activities, trained administrators and treasurers in fiscal practices, and examined school accounting to make suggestions on how to correct deficiencies.

Anderson left her old job because she and her husband moved to Citrus County. She earned $13.63 an hour, and her salary was paid through a mixture of funds earmarked for various grants in emergency management.

Her evaluations from Leto both after her initial probation and her latest evaluation in August give her high marks in every category, rating a 4 on a scale of 1 through 5. A 4 indicates "exceeds standards."

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at behrendt@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1434.

Hernando County emergency management aide resigns 03/31/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 3, 2008 7:51am]
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