Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando County may seek outside help in finding next administrator

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County Commission may seek the assistance of an outside firm to help find the county's next administrator.

Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to put out a request for qualifications to find out what it would cost and what services would be available if the commission had an outside company advertise, screen and recommend administrator applicants.

County staffers had recommended the approach, arguing that the county would likely get a larger pool of applicants, a list of people that would be vetted and qualified. There would be other benefits as well, explained Cheryl Marsden, director of administrative services.

One firm she contacted had a "money-back guarantee" if the chosen candidate didn't last a year, and half the cost back if the person didn't last two years. That company also gives clients an option not only for a background check, but also for a psychological evaluation.

Commissioner Dave Russell said those were good selling points for considering a search firm.

Commission Chairman Jim Adkins and Commissioner Jeff Stabins said they were unsure that they wanted to spend money on an outside firm, but both voted to put out the request for qualifications, with the option of saying no once the proposals are reviewed.

Commissioner Wayne Dukes said he also was reluctant to spend money, but "I think it would be a good investment.''

In addition, commissioners were anxious to find a way for a local panel of residents to recommend top picks from the short list of administrator candidates.

Some members of the audience supported the idea, while others warned that any committee should represent all sectors of the community.

Spring Hill resident Walter Dry suggested a mixture of people from a variety of professions to avoid the appearance that "the good old boys'' were picking the next administrator.

"Select them by their backgrounds and expertise and not by who you know,'' Dry said.

Commissioners also agreed to feed ideas about what they want from their next administrator to the county's chief procurement officer, Russell Wetherington, so the ideas can be incorporated into the request for qualifications to outside firms.

Commissioners on Tuesday did not finalize their choice of an interim administrator, but rather agreed to allow current staffers to apply for the job between now and the next commission meeting in December. Land services director Ron Pianta has been in the role since last week, when a divided commission fired David Hamilton.

Pianta said he did not want the permanent administrator's job, but would temporarily fill any position for which the commission wanted him.

Dukes has been pushing Wetherington for the interim administrator's job. Russell said he just wanted to give all employees a chance to express interest.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at or (352) 848-1434.

Hernando County may seek outside help in finding next administrator 11/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 8:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Watch live: President Trump's speech to the U.N. General Assembly


    UNITED NATIONS — U.S. President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron are expected to take the spotlight at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations — but it's the tough global challenges from the nuclear threat in North Korea and the plight of Myanmar's minority Muslims to the …

    President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in New York. [Associated Press]
  2. Police seek suspect in attack on elderly woman in St. Petersburg (w/video)


    ST. PETERSBURG — Police are seeking the public's help in finding a woman they say violently attacked a 69-year-old woman earlier this month.

  3. Photo of the Day for September 19, 2017 - Great Egret with green mating coloration

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from Barbara Motter of Weeki Wachee, FL.

  4. 20 local museums are offering free admission or deals Saturday for Free Museum Day

    Visual Arts

    For all the community's support of the arts in the bay area, it's nice to be rewarded with free admission once in a while. And that's exactly what many area museums are offering on Saturday.

    The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is among the museums participating in the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live, offering free admission. (LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times)
  5. Cubs bring some other ex-Rays to Trop such as Wade Davis, Ben Zobrist


    Joe Maddon's first trip back to the Trop is getting most of the headlines tonight, but there are several other familiar faces among the eight former Rays now wearing Cubs uniforms.