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Jobs chief Edward Peachey did not return cellphone and three computers — so CareerSource shut phone off

Edward Peachey kept a CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay cellphone after the agencies suspended him.
Edward Peachey, the former president and CEO of CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSoure Pinellas, listens to the debate about his future with CareerSource Pinellas at the EpiCenter in Clearwater. The full governing board for the agency deliberated whether to fire Peachey and to give him a payment of $117,000 if he agrees not to sue the agency over his dismissal. That settlement is now in question.
Published Apr. 27, 2018
Updated Apr. 27, 2018

The leaders of a Pinellas and Hillsborough job center fired their CEO last month, but Edward Peachey did not return the agency's cellphone and three computers.

So CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa shut the phone off on April 17, records show.

Peachey kept the phone even after being suspended from each agency in early February. He earned $289,000 in 2017, according to payroll records.

Marion Hale, Peachey's attorney, said late Friday that she told CareerSource that it can pick up the electronics next week.

The board of directors at CareerSource Tampa Bay fired Peachey on March 15. The CareerSource Pinellas board fired Peachey on March 21. He and his attorney, Marion Hale, have threatened to file lawsuits against the boards if they fired the longtime leader.

Peachey has been at the center of controversies since a series of investigations were launched after the Tampa Bay Times began raising questions in January about job placement figures claimed by CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay in Hillsborough County. The agencies receive millions in tax dollars to help people find work.