CLEARWATER – It’s official. Pinellas County Commissioners made their appointments to new recently reconfigured governing boards Oct. 22.
The latest interlocal agreement for the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative gave the commission responsibility for two appointments to the nine-member board of directors. Seven people applied for an appointment. Using a ballot-system, commissioners picked Marcus Harrison of Palm Harbor and Karen Roth of Clearwater.
Harrison and Roth will serve three-year terms, beginning Nov. 1.
Of interest to north county residents were appointments to the newly reorganized Palm Harbor Community Services Agency. The commission appointed four directors, out of a field of 14 applicants, to serve a two-year term.
The board was recently changed to allow representation from East Lake Library. County commissioners also made other changes to the membership structure and appointment process.
Each commissioner representing an at-large district and the commissioner representing District 4, which serves north county residents, were allowed one appointee.
District 1 Commission Janet Long picked Tom McKone of Tarpon Springs. District 2 Commissioner Norm Roche chose Holly Bird of Palm Harbor. District 3 Commissioner Charlie Justice appointed Elliott Stern of Palm Harbor, and District 4 Commissioner Susan Latvala picked Terry Haas of Tarpon Springs.
The appointees will serve two-year terms.
Harrison urged the commission to reconsider how it appoints members to its boards to make sure a completely new board doesn’t come in at the end of each term. He recommends staggering the terms.