Spratt becomes lead manager at consulting firm

By WILL VAN SANT, Times Staff Writer
Published November 14, 2007

Former Pinellas County Administrator Steve Spratt has taken a job leading the Orlando office of a large consulting firm, about two months after resigning in the aftermath of the Jim Smith land deal.

Spratt, 52, began work Monday as a lead manager for Government Services Group Inc., which provides consulting to governments throughout the Southeast. GSG has headquarters in Tallahassee and offices in Miami and Orlando. Spratt runs the Orlando office, where he oversees a staff of 36 people. As county administrator, he supervised about 2,700 employees.

Among the services GSG sells to local governments: financial and budgeting advice, utilities management and identification of untapped revenue sources.

For nearly six years Spratt served as Pinellas administrator. He stepped down at the end of September after the dust-up following the County Commission's unanimous vote in June to purchase private land owned by Property Appraiser Jim Smith.

The county paid Smith $225,000, nearly four times the property's appraised value.

Spratt's administration was faulted for short-circuiting normal procedures and for producing a flawed appraisal used to put a price tag on the property.

A report led several members of the commission to say they had lost confidence in Spratt, which led him to offer his resignation.

Will Van Sant can be reached at vansant@sptimes.com or 727 445-4166.