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CareerSource Pinellas calls emergency meeting to discuss future of leader Ed Peachey

 
Edward Peachey, president and CEO, CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas, has now come under fire from Gov. Rick Scott. He is calling on the boards of directors at both agencies to call emergency meetings to deal with allegations of inflated job numbers.  [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
Edward Peachey, president and CEO, CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas, has now come under fire from Gov. Rick Scott. He is calling on the boards of directors at both agencies to call emergency meetings to deal with allegations of inflated job numbers. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Published Jan. 30, 2018

Board members of CareerSource Pinellas have called an emergency meeting for Wednesday to discuss the future of leader Ed Peachey.

Peachey, the CEO and president of Career Source Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, has been under the microscope since state leaders called for investigations into whether the agencies inflated job placement numbers they report to the state.

BACKGROUND: CareerSource leader Ed Peachey, once considered Mr. Fix It, now under scrutiny

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott called for the boards of directors at both agencies to convene emergency meetings and "consider appropriate disciplinary and administrative action" against CareerSource leadership.

The Pinellas County Commission had already called a meeting for 1 p.m. today to discuss how it wants to move forward. County Attorney Jewel White is expected to tell the county commissioners, who must approve all of CareerSource board members, what other powers they can exercise over the jobs center.

The Hillsborough County Commission plans to discuss CareerSource on Thursday, with a report from the county attorney, said Commission Chair Sandy Murman, who is also on the board for CareerSource Tampa Bay. She said the executive committee for the Hillsborough job placement center was still trying late Monday to schedule a meeting, potentially this week.

In the past two weeks, scrutiny has mounted against both jobs centers after the Tampa Bay Times asked the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity about whether the agencies improperly boosted their job placement numbers by claiming credit for people they hadn't assisted.

Currently, the DEO says it is executing a "full and thorough investigation" into both agencies, including whether the state paid out incentive money based on exaggerated placement numbers.

Additionally, House Speaker Richard Corcoran has ordered a House committee to investigate the same issues. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, called for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, to investigate because Florida received $286 million in federal workforce funds to operate the agencies in fiscal year 2017.

>TAMPA BAY TIMES COVERAGE: FLORIDA'S JOBS CENTER>

>>>PREVIOUS: >Ousted Orlando jobs official now top leader at bay area CareerSource

>>>INVESTIGATIONS: >Lawmakers call for additional inquiries into Tampa Bay's two CareerSource boards

>>>INSPECTOR GENERAL: >Investigation launched into Tampa Bay career centers

>>>FROM TALLAHASSEE: >Gov. Rick Scott urges CareerSource directors to consider 'disciplinary and administrative action'

>>>PAYROLL: >Tampa Bay jobs chief Ed Peachey making top dollar

>>>SHERIFF SEVERS TIES: >Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri cuts contract with CareerSource Pinellas

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Contact Mark Puente at mpuente@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2996. Follow @MarkPuente