Third Alachua Manager Candidate Rejected; Deputy Named To Post
GAINESVILLE -- The third time WASN'T a charm Tuesday morning for Alachua County Commissioners.
Even though the county manager position was not on the agenda, the board decided to reject the counter offer of number three applicant Charles Oliver, and instead decided to negotiate with deputy county manager Betty Baker to take the job.
Baker said she was willing to do it, but even that is not a long term solution because her retirement becomes official at the end of November, 2014.
Commissioner Robert Hutchinson broached the Baker idea, saying it looked like the county's search effort was failing and with budget discussions approaching, it was a bad time to break in someone new.
Hiring Baker would solve that.
Commissioner Lee Pinkoson said he was concerned Oliver would not want the job if he did not have strong commission support.
Commissioner Susan Baird was upset the commission was breaking its own agreed to process of negotiating with the top three candidates, but the feeling was that Oliver was going to want more than what the county was willing to pay, so why continue those talks.
Baker and the county attorney will work out an employment contract with a base salary likely of at least 160-thousand dollars, and come back to the commission next month for discussion.