Following the dollars

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM.

If this is a plan of succession for key staff in the coming years, there are other ways to go about it.

The county advertised nationally for a Tourist Development Council director. The county advertised nationally not once but twice for an EDC director.

Commissioners aren’t going to search, with the aid of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board as in the recent past, to replace the long-time county administrator?

The Public Works position won’t be filled after a search for the best-credentialed candidate?

If this is a move-between-departments position, this is the baseball version of a utility player. Not ready for succession to full time but capable in a pinch of filling in admirably.

But this individual is supposed to provide assistance across disparate departments? Exactly what is the efficiency?

The county administrator could also be helped in the short term by having this economic development project taken off his hands.

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