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County begins whittling resume mountain

If you haven't already acted, it's too late to become Hernando County's second in command.

The filing period for applications for the deputy county administrator's job closed Thursday, and 131 people tossed their names into the hat for consideration.

The job has been open since October, when former deputy administrator Jennene Norman quit. Norman's departure came soon after county commissioners fired her boss, former administrator Chuck Hetrick.

County Administrator Bonnie Dyga took over in February, and Public Works Director Alan Holbach has filled the No. 2 slot temporarily.

Now, Dyga and a select group of county staffers will begin sorting through the applications and paring them down for interviews.

"We'll be doing this as a committee," Dyga said Friday.

Most of the applications received for the deputy position have come from people with management experience in the public and private sectors. A misprint in a Wall Street Journal advertisement when the county was seeking an administrator resulted in an avalanche of resumes from unqualified applicants.

The ad, which the Journal ran again for free, low-balled the education requirements, and the county received applications from individuals that ran the gamut from professional water-skiers and chauffeurs to a former special assistant to Howard Hughes.

This time, the county received considerably fewer off-the-wall applicants.

The salary range for the job is $54,915 to $80,725. The education and experience requirements include a master's degree in public or business administration and three years of management experience or a bachelor's degree and five years of experience.

Two county employees, Holbach and Solid Waste Operations Manager Stephanie Hinson, have applied for the job. A handful of other local residents applied, but most of the resumes came from other parts of the state and country.

Although the selection of the deputy county administrator will take some time, county officials expect to make a decision on a second assistant county attorney soon. Human Resources Director Barbara Dupre said an initial selection had been made, and County Attorney Bruce Snow was handling the negotiations.