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Highlands won't replace Secory's position

Published:   |   Updated: March 12, 2013 at 05:36 PM

SEBRING Jed Secory won't be replaced as administrative services director at this time, Highlands County spokeswoman Gloria Rybinski said Wednesday.

Secory signed a resignation letter on Jan. 17; his last payroll date was Feb. 10. He ran as a Democrat to succeed retiring Supervisor of Elections Joe Campbell, but lost in the Nov. 6 general election to Penny Ogg, 13,018 to 27,123.

He called his parting with Highlands County "bitter sweet."

"The reason for my resignation stems from conversations we have had regarding restructuring of my current position," Secory wrote to County Administrator June Fisher. "I have thought through the restructuring and know that it could have an outcome eliminating my current position. Too much is at risk with an upcoming budget cycle beginning to start for Fiscal Year 2013/2014."

In October 2010, then-County Administrator Rick Helms combined three departments into one: General Services, Human Resources and the Office of Management and Budget, all answering to Secory. The new administrative services director got an $8,595 raise. His annual salary was $79,570.

However, Helms was fired in July 2012; Fisher took over and signed her contract in October.

"I have stated in our conversations that I would not put at risk the Purchasing Manager's position through said restructuring by the potential of that position being eliminated and my filling the previous position I started with as the County's General Services/Purchasing Manager.

"This is a bitter sweet end to my career as a loyal and trustworthy public servant," Secory concluded.

One of Secory's last acts was to sell a week of vacation time for $1,530. He has begun new job as purchasing manager of the City of Naples.

Danielle Gilbert succeeded Secory as purchasing manager. Highlands County has not advertised to replace the administrative services director, Rybinski said.

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