published: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
County hires Fisher's backup
By BARRY FOSTER
SEBRING -- Highlands County commissioners Tuesday morning approved County administrator June Fisher's selection of Randal Vosburg as the new assistant county administrator. His salary, set at $92,500 a year with benefits, comes in the middle of the pay range which Fisher said stretched between $81,000 and $120,000 a year.
When questioned, she reported $116,000 had been budgeted in the post for the current fiscal year, reflecting Fisher's former pay scale when she held the position. Fisher said Vosberg comes with no contract and no guaranteed increases, bonuses or severance pay as part of the package.
Vosburg has a decade in public administration in diverse positions, including senior land use planner, director of strategic planning and director of professional compliance for county government. In addition to working for Polk County, he most recently was employed by the Polk County Sheriff's office.
He holds a master's degree in public administration, is certified as a public manager and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Vosburg was selected by Fisher from nearly two dozen applicants for the post, including a number of current county employees. Six applicants had been on the short list and were interviewed in March by a panel, with Vosburg being the highest-scoring.
Commissioners had words of praise for Vosburg, each having met with him individually before the meeting.
"He's a neat guy," said Highlands County Commission Jack Richie. "Finally we're getting a team put together."
According to the job description, Vosburg now will be in charge of supervising the county's department directors.
Vosburg and his domestic partner, Nick Santamaria, made headlines in Polk county in 2011, when they became the first same-sex couple in Polk County to adopt a child from Florida's Foster care program.
admin (by: what was she thinking? - 4/10/2013)
June has done a poor job
Too much information (by: 4th of July - 4/5/2013)
For the first time I'm beginning to wonder if the commissioners knew what they were doing when they hired June Fisher, and now they will have to make the best of an awkward situation.
Really? (by: Blindman~ - 4/5/2013)
A decade in public administration in diverse positions? How interesting! Not that it would prove to be relevant but, could one now deduce with probability the political party affiliation of our new administrator? It's sad when seemingly good news concerning public business has to become political but there it was, that progressive & audacious "in your face" and I'm in charge now so suck it up Highlands County! They just had to throw it in there!
Last sentence (by: egad - 4/4/2013)
Whaaaat? I hope Highlands county is not June Fishers idea of a training ground for same sex marriage. I wish Mr Vosbursd well, but please dont rub your lifestyle in our faces and try to force your beliefs about your lifestyle on others.
Poor taste (by: Wildflower - 4/4/2013)
So what does the last sentence of that story got to do with the his ability to do the job he was hired for? Didn't have to make a big deal of his personal life.
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