Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Safety Harbor finance director job draws 65 resumes

SAFETY HARBOR — Sixty-five people have applied for the city's finance director job to replace JoAnne Ryan, who was fired last month after running up thousands of dollars in personal charges on a city credit card.

City Manager Matt Spoor said he is in the process of reading the resumes and will start interviewing his top picks this week.

"I want the individual selected to begin the first half of October,'' he said.

Further investigation has revealed more unauthorized transactions, not only on Ryan's city-issued American Express card, but also her city-issued Visa card, Spoor said.

He said Ryan made 55 personal charges on the city's credit cards since April 17, 2007, totaling $15,109 — $2,200 more than previously reported.

The majority relate to the Clearwater Green Wave AAU basketball club on which her daughters played.

Ryan will be arraigned Sept. 22, according to the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office. She was arrested Sept. 8 on a grand theft charge, a third-degree felony, and was released on $5,000 bail.

Ryan could not be reached for comment Monday.

An external auditor, ValienteHernandez P.A., will start its annual review of the city's finances Oct. 1. Spoor said the firm will take a close look at the finance department's procedures.

If further investigation is necessary, the City Commission would have to approve a contract with an internal auditor, but that has not happened yet.

Eileen Schulte can be reached at schulte@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4153.

Safety Harbor finance director job draws 65 resumes 09/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 7:40am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Estuary wins pier design contest for the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway extension

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — And the winner is… Estuary.

    Voters overwhelmingly supported a pier design called Estuary for the $200-million extension of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa.
[Courtesy of AECOM]
  2. What to watch and listen to this week: Halloween offerings, best spooky podcasts

    Blogs

    Halloween is all about scary stories. The holiday itself is based on a compilation of creepy tales from history going back thousands of years.

    The Halloween kids classic The Nightmare Before Christmas airs this week on Freeform.
  3. Fennelly: Would you take Jameis Winston over Cam Newton?

    Bucs

    Factoring out futures, it wouldn't be a short list if I picked NFL quarterbacks I'd take right now over Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) calls a play during the first half of Sunday's game. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Man faces charge of abuse after 2-month-old injured

    Crime

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 2-month-old child was taken to All Children's Hospital with multiple skull fractures Saturday afternoon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, and a 24-year-old man has been arrested.

    Jacob Brattain, 24, of Zephyrhills is charged with aggravated child abuse and was arrested Sunday. According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, a 2-month-old child suffered multiple skull fractures under his care.
  5. Amazon receives 238 proposals from places eager to become its 2nd headquarters

    Business

    NEW YORK — Amazon said Monday that it received 238 proposals from cities and regions in the United States, Canada and Mexico hoping to be the home of the company's second headquarters.

    Earlier this month, an Amazon employee gives her dog a biscuit as the pair head into a company building, where dogs are welcome, in Seattle. Amazon says it received 238 proposals from cities and regions hoping to be the home of the company's second headquarters. 
[AP Photo/Elaine Thompson]