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Pasco's longtime budget officials head into retirement

DADE CITY — Sixty years of budgeting experience are leaving Pasco County.

After presenting his final county spending plan this week, budget chief Mike Nurrenbrock will retire Friday. His chief deputy, Mike Clark, retires in a few months. Both have been with the county since 1982.

"My job was very easy," Clark said. "I just sat there and gave Mr. Nurrenbrock numbers and figures. He's the one that got his name in the paper."

Among county employees, Clark was known as "nice Mike." That's compared to Nurrenbrock's sometimes frosty demeanor during disagreements.

Nurrenbrock told a story of reminiscing with County Administrator John Gallagher after former county attorney Ben Harrill died in 2010.

"Are you going to say nice things like that about me when I die?" Gallagher said at the time.

Nurrenbrock replied: "It might be easier if we just counted the days we didn't argue."

Commissioner Jack Mariano called Nurrenbrock's numbers "rock solid" and praised him for building a high level of trust with commissioners.

Commissioners on Tuesday also confirmed the new budget director, Chris Dorsey, who comes to Pasco from Tennessee. Dorsey, 49, worked for the city of Memphis for 18 years, including four as budget manager.

"From what I keep hearing, I'm going to have some big shoes to fill," Dorsey said. "I just hope I'm up to the task."

In 2005, he was hired as city manager for Red Bank, Tenn., a suburb of Chattanooga. He left that job in October, after city commissioners fired him on a 3-2 vote.

According to an article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, commissioners at the time said Dorsey had strong financial skills but disagreed with personnel moves he made at the police department.

Dorsey has a bachelor's and master's degree in public administration from the University of Tennessee.

He will earn $90,000 a year, and commissioners also agreed to pay up to $10,000 for moving expenses.

Pasco's longtime budget officials head into retirement 07/10/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 10:04pm]
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