SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County commissioners voted 4-1 Wednesday to fire County Administrator Randall Reid, citing several issues in their latest round of evaluations
“I just wish it hadn’t got to this point,” County Commissioner Christine Robinson said. Commission Chairwoman Carolyn Mason and Commissioner Christine Robinson both rated Reid’s performance as below average, with Commissioner Joe Barbetta saying Reid was between average and below average in categories ranging from professional skills, commission relations and reporting to citizen relations, supervision and fiscal management. Mason wrote that Reid “was no longer a good fit for Sarasota County government,” which she reiterated Wednesday. Commissioners pointed to how Reid handled the July resignation of former chief financial management officer Suzanne Gable, amid allegations that her CPA license was not current, as an example of shady leadership clouding his achievements “To some degree, Mr. Reid addressed some concerns I had in my evaluation,” said Mason, who made the motion to dismiss Reid. “I stand by what I wrote in my evaluation. He’s a good man, but I still feel at this point that Mr. Reid is not a good fit for Sarasota County government. I’m sorry that things haven’t worked like I thought they would.” “This fit isn’t working and we need to get back on track,” Barbetta said. Commissioner Nora Patterson was the only vote supporting Reid. She said she would have liked for Reid to have been able to stay on and correct problems pointed out by commissioners in their evaluations. Reid, 59, earned a salary of $190,000 with benefits. Since he was fired without cause, he will receive 20 weeks’ pay in a lump sum, which amounts to about $73,000.
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