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After a tenure of slightly less than two years as Sarasota County Area Transit's director, Glama Carter will no longer be at the helm. In a July 15 letter, Assistant Sarasota County administrators terminated her and scheduled her last day of employment as July 18. County Administrator Tom Harmer's decision to fire Carter took the only county commis- sioner reached by The Sarasota News Leader by surprise, and a public transportation advocate told the News Leader he is worried the action will leave a void in the county's transit system. "I was surprised," Commissioner Nora Patterson said in an interview with the News Leader. "I wasn't aware of problems." She added, "It was an administrative call." P u b l i c t r a n s p o r t a - tion advocate Richard Thomas of Sarasota was also surprised to hear about Carter's termination. He thinks Glama Carter speaks to members of the Siesta Key Village Association in April. File photo SCAT DIRECTOR FIRED ALTHOUGH SHE HAD LESS THAN TWO YEARS IN THE POSITION, SOME COMMUNITY RESIDENTS AND LEADERS SAW GLAMA CARTER AS THE KEY TO GETTING THE TRANSIT SYSTEM BACK ON TRACK I like her. She was reasonable, and she knew what she doing. I am sad. Richard Thomas Public Transportation Advocate Sarasota County By Roger Drouin County Editor

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