Hernando County administrator chooses deputy

Jeff Rogers worked with Tobey Phillips when he was in Citrus County administration.
Tobey Phillips, the Hernando County administrator's choice for a deputy
Tobey Phillips, the Hernando County administrator's choice for a deputy [ Citrus County ]
Published Sept. 30, 2019|Updated Sept. 30, 2019

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County administrator Jeff Rogers has chosen Tobey Phillips as his new deputy administrator.

Phillips has been the community services director for Citrus County for the past three years. Rogers worked with her there when he was deputy county administrator for Citrus.

County commissioners will vote to confirm the appointment on Tuesday, and her start date would be Oct. 21.

In her cover letter seeking the job, Phillips acknowledged the current “fiscal challenges” facing the county and talked about using this time as an opportunity to avoid task duplication, maximize efficiency, provide strong fiscal oversight and use existing staff expertise "to the greatest potential.''

Phillips will take over the job that Rogers had under former county administrator Len Sossamon, who was terminated by the County Commission in January. Despite the county’s grim finances at the time, commissioners spoke about the importance of having a succession plan and being able to continue important county projects after Sossamon’s ouster. They said they liked having a deputy in the wings.

Phillips, 42, previously served as Citrus County’s public information officer, as a county executive assistant and as a teacher with the Citrus County School District.

She was one of 18 applicants for the job and one of three interviewed. Also interviewed was county fire chief Scott Hechler.

Phillips’ salary will be $134,472.