Friday, February 23, 2018

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Zachary T. Sampson, Times staff writer

Zachary T. Sampson, Times staff writer

Zack covers crime and breaking news in the St. Petersburg office. He joined the Times in September 2014 and previously worked for the Boston Globe and the New Bedford Standard-Times in Massachusetts. He was raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Northeastern University, where he studied journalism and sociology.



Edward Peachey, the leader of Pinellas and Hillsborough career centers under multiple investigations over the way they report job placement figures, says he has no intention of stepping down unless he is paid a severance.

Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

Edward Peachey, the leader of Pinellas and Hillsborough career centers under multiple investigations over the way they report job placement figures, says he has no intention of stepping down unless he is paid a severance.In a letter from his...
Updated: 1 hour ago
An anonymous letter to Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman said CareerSource Tampa Bay president and CEO Edward Peachey, left, was in a relationship with a top administrator, Haley Loeun, right. Loeun was fired on Thursday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

Administrator Haley Loeun fired from CareerSource jobs centers

Haley Loeun, a top aide to the embattled leader of the Pinellas and Hillsborough jobs boards, was fired Thursday from her $130,000 position as business services director. Loeun came under criticism after the Tampa Bay Times reported...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Edward Peachey is the president and CEO of CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, which are under federal, state and local investigations.  [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

CareerSource jobs chief Edward Peachey could soon be out of work

CLEARWATER — The heads of the Pinellas and Hillsborough jobs boards will hold emergency meetings in the coming days to consider firing president and CEO Edward Peachey.
Published: 02/21/18
Updated: 02/22/18
An anonymous letter to Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman said CareerSource Tampa Bay president and CEO Edward Peachey, left, was in a relationship with a top administrator, Haley Loeun, right. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

Amid CareerSource controversy, allegations of a love affair, big raises and family favoritism at the top

The anonymous letter described a possible love affair at the top of the local jobs center. President and CEO Edward Peachey was in a romantic relationship with top administrator Haley Loeun, it said.It described how Loeun was...
Published: 02/16/18
Dick Peck is the chairman of the CareerSource Tampa Bay board. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

CareerSource Tampa Bay executive board says it needs answers from state in ongoing jobs controversy

TAMPA — The executive board of CareerSource Tampa Bay wants the state to tell them whether the agency needs to change the way it reports job figures. The executive committee voted to put the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity "on...
Published: 02/15/18
Jack Geller, a lawyer, is chairman of CareerSource Pinellas after the previous chairman was ousted last week. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

CareerSource Pinellas in disarray as board tries to chart path forward

CLEARWATER — Board members at an embattled Pinellas jobs center couldn’t decide Wednesday how to handle the growing controversy over whether it overstated thousands of people it got hired into jobs."We want to do what’s right," said...
Published: 02/14/18
A woman seeking employment, at right, is registered by a worker with Express Employment Professionals during a recruitment event in January at the CareerSource Pinellas Science Center. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)

CareerSource centers took credit for thousands of hires they had nothing to do with

Dr. Marketa Wills worked at a healthcare company in Texas when a recruiting firm asked her to consider joining Tampa’s WellCare Health Plans.
Published: 02/14/18
Charles Harris is board counsel for CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times]

Lawyer’s report casts doubt on CareerSource’s job placement reporting

CLEARWATER — A lawyer for two Tampa Bay career centers laid out potential problems with how the agencies report job placement figures to the state on Friday, a revelation that could further call into question how many people they helped find...
Published: 02/09/18
Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said someone at CareerSource Pinellas forged his signature on official documents. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  I  Times]

Sheriff says someone at CareerSource forged his signature

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri on Thursday accused the county’s job placement agency of faking his signature on official documents relating to new hires in his office.He said what appear to be forgeries by someone at CareerSource...
Published: 02/08/18
Pinellas County commissioners voted unanimously to remove  Aundre Green from the board of directors at CareerSource Pinellas. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

Pinellas commissioners remove CareerSource board chairman

CLEARWATER –– The Pinellas County Commission ousted the chairman of the county’s regional jobs center board on Tuesday over concerns he has not taken his oversight responsibility seriously enough.Commissioners voted unanimously to remove Aundre...
Updated one month ago