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County Administrator -- Pinellas Countywide Referendum

An increase in the number of seats on the County Commission has spurred this suggestion for changing the county charter.

By EDIE GROSS

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 1, 2000


This referendum increases the number of votes it takes for the Pinellas County Commission to hire and fire the county administrator.

Here's how it works under the current county charter:

Four of the five commissioners must vote together to appoint a county administrator.

Four of the five commissioners must vote together to fire a county administrator, or three of the five could vote together during two separate meetings.

But the board is about to expand to seven commissioners, necessitating some change. Here's how the new charter amendment would work:

Five of the seven commissioners must vote together to appoint a county administrator.

Five of the seven commissioners must vote together to fire a county administrator, or four of the seven could vote together during two separate meetings.

The referendum is a timely one. One of the first responsibilities the board will face is hiring a county administrator. Fred Marquis, who held that post for 22 years, retired in September.

ON THE BALLOT

County voters will vote yes or no on this referendum:

Amends charter to provide voting standards regarding county administrator's employment based on seven-member board.

Shall Article IV, Section 4.01(a), of the Pinellas County Charter be amended to provide that the County Administrator may be appointed and terminated by an affirmative vote of five of the seven members of the Board of County Commissioners with an alternative method for termination involving a simple four of seven member majority vote of the Board of County Commissioners voting in two separate meetings?

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