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who had voiced increasing displeasure with Reid before the 4-1 vote on Oct. 23 to termi- nate Reid's contract. "In fact, it appears things have actually accelerated and gone extremely well." Barbetta made the motion to name Harmer administrator. Harmer, who said he would accept the posi- tion, will work with the county attorney to draft up a long-term contract. The County Commission then will vote on the agreement. "As the board is aware, I didn't seek this posi- tion," Harmer told the commissioners. "My interest in the position has grown over the past three months." Harmer said in an interview with local news media after the County Commission's decision this week that he "was very happy being the deputy county administrator." But Harmer, 55, explained that his interest in the possibil- ity of becoming the permanent administrator grew as he met with residents at community events, collaborated with county staff in each department and worked closely with the com- missioners — who have the authority to hire and fire the county administrator. "It's important coming into this position that someone has the full support of the board," Harmer added. Tom Harmer has a big smile on his face after the County Commission makes its offer to hire him on a permanent basis. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader January 31, 2014 Page 32

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