Nassau County Board of County Commissioners
Workshop Session, January 12, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Commission Chambers, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, Florida
Call to Order.
Present: Chairman Pat Edwards, Commissioners Daniel B. Leeper, Steve W. Kelley, George Spicer, and Walter J. Boatright.
Other Official Present: Ted Selby, County Manager; and Mollie Garrett, local attorney.
Staff Present: Shanea Jones, Office of Management and Budget Director; Chili Pope, Human Resources Director; Tina Keiter and Robyn Mobley, Human Resources; and representing the Clerk’s office Connie Arthur, Deputy Clerk.
Purpose: To discuss the process of hiring a County Attorney.
WS150112 – 04:04:26 – Clyde Davis, local attorney, came forward to recommend the Board strongly consider hiring Michael Mullin, former County Attorney, for the County Attorney position. He expounded on Mr. Mullin’s experience and history with the County. Adhering to good business practice, Attorney Davis also suggested an expeditious search process to advertise and interview top candidates as well.
WS150112 – 04:08:18 – Mr. Selby sought direction from the Board as to how to proceed. He distributed a sample job description, job duties and a hiring timeline for individual interviews with each commissioner and a consultant, perhaps a representative from Constangy who has participated in similar events in the past. He suggested the salary range should be negotiable and noted a sample position advertisement. Mr. Selby also wished to consider questions for the interview process as developed by the consultant and Human Resources.
Commissioners reviewed the issues and options. They discussed a salary package that is commensurate with qualifications and experience and that may or may not include representation of the Constitutional Officers as well. They acknowledged an email received from the Tax Collector encouraging reaching out to Mr. Mullin as well.
Should the new County Attorney be willing to represent the Constitutional Officers, there may be a need to hire an assistant too. Mr. Selby reviewed options to accommodate this scenario. In previous action the Board removed Human Resources and Risk Management from the County Attorney’s overview. He recommended the Board consider moving the Contract Management department from under the County Attorney’s office to the County Manager’s office under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and revise the job description accordingly. With consensus of the Board he will bring this item back at the regular session tonight for a vote.
It was suggested Mr. Selby arrange a meeting with Mr. Mullin to determine his interest in the position. In order to do so, Mr. Selby will need direction regarding the updated job description and duties. In addition to the meeting, it was suggested to simultaneously advertise the position to the public. The negotiation process will determine the contents of the contract. Another concern was raised regarding conflict of interest. It was suggested Mr. Selby question Mr. Mullin regarding any potential conflict of interest with former and/or current clients. Attorney Garrett suggested this may need to be discussed on a case by case basis. Additionally, if the new County Attorney is willing to represent the Constitutional Officers, Attorney Garrett reiterated the Constitutional Officers’ prerogative that working with the new County Attorney may depend on who is hired and/or perhaps depend on the issue as well.
Following discussion, Mr. Selby will make the minor changes to the job description and duties and bring back tonight for board action, noting that additional changes can be made during negotiation. He will also request a motion to move overview of the Contract Management department to the County Manager’s OMB.
Commissioners thanked Attorney Garrett for her service.
Following a discussion of the projected timeline, the workshop session of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 4:42 p.m.
Pat Edwards, Chairman
John A. Crawford, Ex-Officio Clerk