Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Commission selects Mark Woodard acting Pinellas County administrator

As expected, the Pinellas County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to name Mark Woodard as acting county administrator.

Woodard, 55, has worked for the county since 1988 and became an assistant county administrator in 2001. He served as chief of staff under County Administrator Bob LaSala, who was fired by the board last week after five years on the job.

LaSala's contract required a 90-day notice so he officially is still employed by the county. It's unclear what duties he will be given. When LaSala's employment ends, Woodard's title will be interim county administrator.

Chairwoman Karen Seel asked the board to give her the authority to negotiate a contract with Woodard, who in turn told the board he will consider a salary adjustment to reflect his increased duties but does not want a contract. He will continue to serve at the will of the commission and won't get a car allowance or contribution to a deferred retirement plan or any "other perks and benefits that the average county employee wouldn't receive," Woodard said. His current salary is $179,608.

The board also agreed to discuss the search process for the next administrator at its May 6 meeting. Seel had recommended waiting until May 20, but commissioners wanted to get an earlier start.

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