Pasco County administrator job draws 61 applicants

Published April 18 2013
Updated April 19 2013

NEW PORT RICHEY — The list ran the gamut from top government executives to an auto parts salesperson to a New York photojournalist.

Sixty-one applicants threw their hats into the ring to replace Pasco County Administrator John Gallagher, who is set to retire June 1 as one of the state's longest serving administrators in a single county.

The list included one internal candidate, Michele Baker, currently Pasco's chief assistant county administrator. Other locals were Carl Harness, a Pinellas County assistant administrator; Robert Herr, administrator for public works and utilities for the city of Tampa; and Eric Johnson, director of strategic planning for Hillsborough County.

The job attracted other government officials such as Cape Coral City Manager Gary King, and Wally Wagoner, assistant superintendent for Marion County Schools. Other applicants included Jason Leone, whose most recent job was a salesperson at AutoZone, and Alexander Rivera, photo director for the New York Daily News.

Recruiter Bob Murray & Associates is expected to narrow the list to eight and forward the names to Pasco County commissioners, who will choose a top pick at the end of May.

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