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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]
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