Hillsborough Commissioners Discuss Next Step in Workforce Alliance Shakeup

02/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
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Today the Hillsborough County Commissioners discussed the next step in the wake of the resignation of Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance President Renee Gilmore.

After the release of a report that revealed thousands of dollars spent on pricey meals and other lavish expenditures, Commissioner Mark Sharpe had called for her resignation. He said that he hopes the consequences of allowing misuse of taxpayer funds on things like thirty-five dollar employee lunches will set an example.

During public comment, activist Marcella O’Steen told the commission not to stop there.

Michelle Williams, another community activist echoed O'Steen's sentiment.

Bay News 9 reported today that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be investigating the case. Sharpe said that the investigation will be extensive, given that there has been indication that the 13-month audit period was just the beginning.

Sharpe said that the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance Board will be bringing in an interim president who is not currently serving within the agency’s management, while they search for a permanent replacement.

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