Steak-n-Shake Coupons
  9911 Seminole Blvd. Seminole, FL 33772       Ph. 727-397-5563   View TBN's FREE e-Edition today!  
Click here to learn more
Pinellas County
Susan Latvala lobbies for Mark Woodard
Commission praises work done by interim administrator
Article published on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
  Print E-Mail
Mark Woodard
CLEARWATER – Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala might be Mark Woodard’s best fan.

The commissioner lobbied on behalf of the interim county administrator July 15, saying it might be disingenuous for other people to apply for the job, since Woodard was doing such a good job.

“I’m so impressed with the job he’s doing as interim,” she said.

Latvala said the matter had been “weighing on me heavily,” as she brought up the matter during the section of the meeting set aside for commissioners comments and announcements. She questioned whether the commission should continue with its administrator search.

“I think he is the right person for the time, like Robert LaSala was the right for that time,” she said. “I just wanted to see if anyone else agrees.”

Commissioner Ken Welch said while “Mark was clearly his No. 1,” a competitive job search would still be good to have.

“It’s almost like running unopposed,” Welch said.

“What’s wrong with that,” Latvala answered.

Welch said he doubted that a better candidate would come forward. Still, he still prefers going through the process.

Commission Chair Karen Seel added that the application process would close July 31.

“It’s so important to have the right person at the right time,” Latvala said.

She pointed out that a new person would have a large learning curve.

“And all the new things come to a screeching halt,” she said. “I don’t want to halt what’s going on.”

Commissioner Janet Long said she was pleased with the initiatives Woodard had started.

“I’m interested in providing a real sense of stability to staff,” she said.

She said she believes Woodard has “more big stuff” to move forward to help provide that stability.

She said a hiring decision should be done “sooner rather than later.” She pointed out that people submitting applications might like to know before the county begins the vetting process.

The search of a replacement for LaSala, who was terminated in April, is being done internally by the Human Resources Department.

Commissioner Norm Roche said he agreed with everyone.

“But this is not a decision we should make at the end of a meeting under miscellaneous. It’s not on the agenda,” he said.

Roche said he was looking forward to going through the process and getting a chance “to sit down and talk to Mark for 30 to 40 minutes.”

Commissioner John Morroni also said he agreed with everyone, especially Roche’s concern that the matter was not on the agenda.

“It’s an important decision,” he said. “Put it on the agenda.”

Seel suggested that the commission wait until the end of the application process. She agreed with Welch that a competitive process could be good.

“Mark is doing a good job,” she said. “As chair, it’s been a whole lot less turbulent. Problems that used to take weeks are getting done quickly.”

She talked about other improvements, before adding that perhaps one of the most important things is that “employees are feeling valued.”
Article published on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Copyright © Tampa Bay Newspapers: All rights reserved.
Printable Version E-mail article
Featured Print Advertisers
Oakhurst & East Bay Medical
13020 Park Blvd., Seminole
(727) 393-3404
3800 East Bay Dr., Largo
(727) 539-0505

Web site        View Ad
Custom Couture of Clearwater
(727) 735-8407
By appointment please.

Web site        View Ad
NuSmile Dental
13611 Park Blvd., Suite G
(727) 475-7866

Web site        View Ad
Florida Center for Back & Neck Pain
Dr. Greg Hollstrom
11444 Seminole Blvd.
(727) 393-6100

Web site        View Ad
Abbey Carpet & Floor of Largo
13120 66th St. N.
(727) 524-1445

Web site        View Ad
Flooring America of Seminole
9012 Seminole Blvd.
(727) 397-5509

Web site        View Ad
Tampa Bay Newspapers
Online Advertising
For information, e-mail
Online Services Directory
TBN 27/7
Tampa Bay Newspapers
9911 Seminole Blvd.,
Seminole, FL 33772
Phone: (727) 397-5563
Fax: (727) 397-5900
Submit News