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Salvation Army says Jim Norman will be replaced

The Salvation Army said Wednesday it will replace former community liaison Jim Norman, although a spokesman did not know how soon.

"The job has not been eliminated, and at some point it will be filled in the future," said Steve Dick, development director for the organization's Florida headquarters in Lutz.

Norman, an outgoing Hillsborough County commissioner who was elected this month to the state Senate, retired after the charity incurred criticism for paying him $95,000 despite the demands of his county job and political campaign.

In announcing Norman's retirement, the Salvation Army said his new responsibilities as a senator would make it impossible for him to fulfill his duties with the charity. It said his other troubles — including an election challenge and an FBI investigation — were not factors.

Dick could not provide any other information about Norman's replacement, and the organization has declined to provide details about Norman's retirement package. For now, Dick said, "the responsibilities Jim Norman had will be distributed to other people on the staff."

As community liaison, Norman said, he traveled the state to assist the charity and its centers in maintaining good relations with surrounding communities.

Critics, including Republican primary opponent Kevin Ambler, said Norman's Salvation Army work was more akin to lobbying, though Norman was not registered as a lobbyist.

Salvation Army says Jim Norman will be replaced 11/10/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 10:00pm]
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