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Hernando's fired property manager loses appeal

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County's former property manager won't be getting a chance to reclaim his old job after all.

Mike Silvey, who was fired after he called and asked for sex from a county human resources employee and another former co-worker at the Southwest Florida Water Management District in August, had his grievance thrown out last week.

While he had sought a hearing under the county's personnel policy, interim human resources director Jerry Haines told Silvey that he can't get back his position as property management coordinator because it no longer exists.

"During your absence … your duties were assigned to other employees,'' Haines wrote. "We have found that in today's economic environment, a reduction in the budget was appropriate.''

According to county personnel policy, employees cannot file grievances over budget appropriations.

County officials lately have been leaving positions unfilled and have been making plans for cutting back on the number of department heads, consolidating duplicated services and shuffling staffers.

A master plan for restructuring by County Administrator David Hamilton is expected to be presented to the County Commission this month.

Silvey had been with the county since April 2006. He earned an annual salary of $53,622.

The Silvey case was one of several issues that led to his supervisor, Public Works Director Charles Mixson, being suspended without pay. Mixson was disciplined for, among other things, not documenting previous disciplinary actions against Silvey.

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

Hernando's fired property manager loses appeal 10/06/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 9:48am]
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