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A NEW FINANCE DIRECTOR The City of Sarasota is expected to see the replacement of several department chiefs this year. Photo by Norman Schimmel JOHN LEGE COMING TO SARASOTA FROM CITY OF OCALA By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The City of Ocala���s loss is Sarasota���s gain, as John Lege (pronounced ���leggy���) has been selected as Sarasota���s new finance director, replacing Chris Lyons. city manager had a purchasing agent in their individual departments,��� he wrote on his application. ���Because there was no standardized process, there were inefficiencies, purchasing Lege holds a master���s degree in business ad- irregularities and discrepancies, bid protests ministration from Webster University in St. and vendors challenging the process.��� Louis and a bachelor���s degree in accounting The consolidated purchasing work was put from the University of Florida. He retired as under the purview of his department (Budget a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in 2001 after 21 and Finance). The move ���has created stanyears of service as a division officer and de- dardization, improved internal controls, repartment head. duced costs and provided purchasing agents During his two-and-a-half years in Ocala, Lege the ability to cross-train and support one ancentralized the Purchasing Department. ���Each other,��� he wrote.

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