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Comm. Says Vote to Extend Admin’s Contract “…an outrageous attack on Hernando Citizens”

HERNANDO – If you are a resident of Hernando County and care about how your tax dollars are spent, you might want to follow the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) bi-monthly meetings, especially when major issues come before a vote.

That’s exactly what’s on the agenda this Tuesday, when the now 4-member, and what some would refer to as a lame duck board, votes to extend County Administrator Leonard Sossamon’s contract for an additional five years.

The hastened decision to vote on the contract comes as a surprise to some elected officials who say the resolution should rest in the hands of the retained or newly elected BOCC, come November.

Commissioner Jeff Holcomb calls the move “…an outrageous attack on Hernando’s Citizens!”

Holcomb, a Naval Reserve Officer, is currently on leave from the BOCC, due to a sudden deployment to combat terrorism in Southwest Asia.”

In a statement, Holcomb says “While I am targeting terrorists overseas the BOCC is targeting Hernando taxpayers and future commissioners with what appears to be a sleazy political game.” He further states, “It is downright offensive to tie the hands of future county commissions by deciding who their administrator should be now. It is not only offensive, it is underhanded. The commission should never entertain a contract extension of this magnitude when 9 months currently remain on the contract and with less than 100 days until an election, and never by lame duck commissioners. Anything less than waiting until after election day, so the new board can vet the contract, would be shameful and would be a slap in the face to the taxpayers and voters.”

Holcomb says “The new board should decide after they have had time to evaluate the administrator’s performance and develop their own opinion – not accept the opinion of the previous board.

Holcomb continues his admonishment by saying “This shows disrespect to the new Board and is just common sense.  Decisions like this go against the will of the people and exacerbate the frustration people have with government.”

“I urge this commission to vote “NO” on this contract extension.  The decision should be made by future elected leaders, not by present political cronyism.”

We reached out to County Commission Candidate Joe Swilley who said “I am against the extension of Mr. Sossamon’s contract at this time. His current contract does not expire until 2017 and we’ll have as many as 3 new Commissioners by then, many of whom have expressed the belief that County Administrator and Business Development Coordinator should be held by different people.” Swilley also refers to the current BOCC as a “lame duck commission” and says the vote should wait until after November.

In fairness, we have not had an opportunity to contact Mr. Sossaman, due to news of the vote coming outside of normal business hours. We will certainly reach out to the Administrator Monday morning to allow him an opportunity to respond.

The BOCC meets this Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. but the Administrator’s vote isn’t scheduled until 2:00 p.m. Meetings are held inside the County Courthouse, located at 20 N. Main Street, Room 263, in Brooksville.

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  • Vote smart this year Hernando County !

    Tuesday, 16 August 2016, 11:24 am
  • The History … Gary Schraut and his cronies hate the BOCC and Soussamon because they took away their thief-dom of being in charge of the airport. When Schraut was head of the aviation authority the cronies were all fat and happy. Peace and Love between Schraut and the gang and the BOCC. Schraut, and his crew had complete control of the airport, cutting deals, the bank account etc., and were not answerable to the citizens. Then the problems began, the big mouthed puppet in charge got too cocky, complaints, law suits, lost business, fines, suspensions all of the standard “ghetto-schraut” drama. Search and read SPtimes article titled “Criminal record follows grant contender Published March 23, 2004”. It explains most of the relationships, documented side deals cut, defunk Cortez bank dealings, the 45mm off shore accounts etc, etc., etc. Fast forward, Schraut gets fired and the BOCC, takes back full control of the authority including the bank account. That is when Schraut and the gang went to war with the BOCC and Saussoman…. That is when all of this began. The useful idiot has been on full attack since he got fired.
    Like all the other “deals’ the airport was their own little money maker that is why they are mad and want new people elected, people They have put into office like Holcomb, good guy, but will rubber stamp as instructed. If they hadn’t Lost $$$ooo much why are they alllll $$$$oooo mad, and only since then??? Getting back control could be very helpful in paying off a $50mm IRS debt. Look it up… the articles are out there.

    Friday, 12 August 2016, 3:56 pm
  • It is interesting that we have several candidates running in three different divisions, and only one of the candidates was asked his opinion.

    Tuesday, 9 August 2016, 10:22 pm
  • Doesnt seem like he should even be extended in the first place.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 11:39 pm
  • Inclusive, it’s due to his job performance, had he done his job as expected I’m pretty sure at this point it would have been a non-issue.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 9:19 pm
  • First off, I agree the vote should wait until after the election. However, in my dealings with Mr Sossaman I have found him to be genuinely concerned about the welfare of this county.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 8:13 pm
    • Sosoman cares about his handler, the Travel Agent, nothing more, nothing less.

      Monday, 8 August 2016, 11:57 pm
  • I just need to ask, is everyone upset that the contract is being renewed or due to his job performance? If he did his job then we should renew his contract.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 6:08 pm
    • Its all about the travel Agent Commissioner Rowden, you know that!

      Monday, 8 August 2016, 11:58 pm
  • Sounds like a bunch of litards. We have to vote on it so we can read it and find out whats in it.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 4:57 pm
  • I have been referring to this commission as a “lame duck” for months in my videos. Thank you for recognizing the BOCC for what it is: a lame duck commission.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 2:12 pm
  • Wait until after the election or fire him now!

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 2:08 pm
  • sounds like more underhanded political bulls*/= to me.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 12:05 pm
  • Had to luagh at the phrase” IN FAIRNESS “….RNRF IS FAR FROM….

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 11:41 am
  • Another wannabe king, what do they do anyways this county is behind 40 years, they should call this the windy county.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 11:21 am
  • We can all show up at tomorrow’s hearing demanding that rather than retain him he should be fired for fraud. All the evidence is there.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 10:53 am
  • So what can we as citizens do about it. This is a good article with lots of info, and a wake up call to all of us. It does not give us any options on how to participate though? Most of us work and cannot just show up on a Tuesday afternoon. We need commissioner email addresses or something.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 10:16 am

      Monday, 8 August 2016, 12:57 pm
    • Show up on tuesday let your commission know you care and how you feel. It gives you the time and place you need to be just read it!

      Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 9:15 am
  • Is Sossaman an MVP that the team cannot function without?
    With his current contract not expiring until 2017 something smells fishy here with this rush to meeting-approval of a contract extension
    for good old boy Len.
    This should immediately be dismissed and left to die until the current contract comes up fir renewal in 2017.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 8:58 am
  • Typical sleezey commissioners

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 7:59 am
  • Just another low handed move by a corrupt governmental system.
    If the existing Lame Duck board wants to play this game, then we as taxpayers should be able to hold them financially responsible for his contract.
    The existing board doesn’t care about this county, employees, or taxpayers, they are only concerned about their corrupt back pockets. Please lets end the corruption in Hernando and vote for a new BOCC.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 7:32 am
  • This blatant attempt at shoving County Administrator Leonard Sossamon’s contract down the throats of Hernando County’s voters, for an additional five years, is reprehensible and reeks of malfeasance of any BOCC member that takes part in it. It is much “TOO SOON” to consider this action when it is not necessary given the upcoming elections. Just to consider such a move justifies Hernando County Voters misgivings about some of the current board members integrity. I, for one, would like this issue to be reconsidered by the new incoming board members, after the upcoming election.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 6:20 am
  • As stated so many times within this news media, HERNANDO COUNTY is the most corrupt county within Florida. VOTERS, remember this in November and push a clean sweep of our troubled commissioners. They are losers

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 4:35 am
  • They should absolutely wait! What’s 100 days? Very clear if they cast that vote for Sossamon to stay it’s Hernando County residents being screwed,in favor of Cronyism.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 2:29 am

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