BROOKSVILLE — After three attempts Monday, Brooksville City Council members were unable to decide on a temporary replacement for former city council member Emory Pierce, who resigned last month to take a city manager's position in north Florida. The first vote yielded three finalists from 10 original applicants. The council then pared it down to two candidates who were supported by two council members each. Robert Battista, a former city attorney who served as legal council for Citrus County, was supported by council members Lara Bradburn and Mayor Frankie Burnett. Kevin Hohn, a public records product specialist and former employee of the Internal Revenue Service criminal investigation division, was supported by council members Joe Bernardini and Joe Johnston. Council members agreed to hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 in an effort to break the tie. Each finalist will be given 10 minutes to present their qualifications for the position. The winner of the seat will serve until the November 2112 election.
Brooksville council deadlocks on new member
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