New Hillsborough Auditor Apologizes for angry memo06/06/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Hillsborough Countyâ€™s new internal performance auditor issued a series of â€˜mea culpasâ€™ this morning regarding a memo he sent out last week that criticized his hiring process and also include a request for a salary raise.
Jim Barnes sent out a memo to County Attorney Renee Lee and the Countyâ€™s Human Resource Manager, accusing them of withholding information and not acting in good faith during his hiring.
The issue was brought up this morning by County Commissioner Kevin White, who said that though heâ€™s only been on the Board for about 6 months, he had never seen County staff â€˜degradedâ€™ by a fellow employeeâ€¦..He then summarized what he believed were Barnesâ€™ complaints White then asked Barnes if maybe he just wanted to quit his job as internal performance auditor That prompted Barnes to address the Board â€“ and the apologies began flowing
He then apologized to the Commision
And he said that contrary to the part of the memo where he recommended his salary be raised from $106,800 to $125,000, He really does NOT want a salary increase (
For the most part, the County Commission was accepting of Barnesâ€™ apologies. Commissioner Brian Blair said actually something positive might evolve out of Barnes rant , and he questioned the Countyâ€™s Human Resources Director as to why Barnes is being paid at the lowest level of his pay scale (roll tape#6 o.q.â€best resume Iâ€™ve ever seen in my lifeâ€)
Some Commissioners also thought that thought that the timing of Barnes idea of reorganizing the Internal Performance Auditorâ€™s office is perhaps not the best, as the Commission is coping with potentially major budget cuts.
Commmissioner Rose Ferlita told Barnes that at times, sheâ€™s been known for speaking directly â€“ perhaps, too directlyâ€¦.However
Barnes thanked the Board for their vote of confidence in him, and said heâ€™d continue to work at a level â€˜beyond 150%â€.