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Mark Puente

Mark Puente covered the Pinellas County government for the Tampa Bay Times until 2019. His coverage included the constitutional officers and the way they operate their offices. He is now a reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

  1. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
 Angela Rouson and her husband, Senator Darryl Rouson, both of St. Petersburg,  stand for the National Anthem, Tuesday, 11/22/16 in the Florida Senate before Rouson was sworn in.
    This wasn’t the first time his wife’s position overlapped with state money Rouson secured for his district.
  2. An exterior view of Career Source Pinellas office on 8th Avenue S in St. Petersburg. (DIRK SHADD   |   Times
    For the first time, federal agents interviewed employees Wednesday at the offices of scandal-plagued CareerSource Pinellas, subject to allegations of phony hiring reports and questionable spending.
  3. David Downing, the CEO and director of Visit St. Pete-Clearwater, attended his last Pinellas County Tourism Development ahead of his resignation for the tourism agency on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (SARA DINATALE | TIMES
    Lack of oversight could lead to troubles like at the construction board and local job centers, they say.
  4. David Downing, the CEO and director of Visit St. Pete-Clearwater, attended his last Pinellas County Tourism Development ahead of his resignation for the tourism agency on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (SARA DINATALE | TIMES
    The way David Downing recorded payroll hours helped him collect thousands in payouts for unused vacation time.
  5. Glenn Wardell, center,  was picked last year to be the director of the Pinellas County Contractor Licensing Department. The agency was formerly called the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. The Florida Legislature stripped its independence after the Tampa Bay Times investigation exposed wrongdoings.
    Glenn Wardell had worked for the county for 23 years.
  6. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times Board chair Brian Aungst, Jr., left, and Dr. Marcie A. Biddleman, right, chief executive officer for the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County. They concede that spending for a reading program run by Donna Welch had lax oversight.
  7. David Downing (left), poses with Tampa Bay RNC Host Committee CEO Ken Jones (right), and Karen Seel (center) at a Thank You Tampa Bay event sponsored by the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee. (John Pendygraft | Times
    Downing said he has accepted a position with a private firm that specializes in hospitality development.
  8. The wife, 21-year-old Jamie Ivancic, is also missing and may be the victim of foul play, police said.
  9. Mark Puente and Zachary T. Sampson have reported for more than 11 months on questionable financial practices at CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  10. WFLA-Ch. 8 investigative reporter Mark Douglas, 65, is retiring after four decades in the business. He’s a licensed pilot, avid sailor and one of the region’s last true muckrakers. [Courtesy of WFLA-ch.8]