Scandals no secret to administrator applicants (DOCUMENT)

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Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM.

The consulting firm hired to help find Okaloosa County’s next administrator didn’t try to keep the county’s scandalous past under wraps from potential candidates.

In fact, Colin Baenzinger & Associates spelled it out in a glossy, full-color brochure advertising the job. Baenzinger’s team referred to Okaloosa’s track record as an issue “of perception.”

Read the job description see the list of candidates.

The brochure notes that some county agencies as well as elected and appointed officials have been involved in “well publicized scandals over the past few years.”

“While these individuals are no longer public servants and corrective actions have been taken, some feel the county has run amuck,” the brochure said. “Regaining the public trust will be a challenge.”

The county’s most recent scandal, a fraud scheme concocted by former tourism head Mark Bellinger that ultimately ended in his suicide, attracted national attention.

“I’d say most people are aware,” of the issues, Baenzinger said Wednesday. “When they’re serious about a job, they Google the area to see what’s out there.”

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