By George Niemann
Peter Aluotto, Director of Planning and Growth Management for Hillsborough County has been suddenly let go effective Friday, March 25, 2011.
Here is the internal memo sent to the Board of County Commissioners by County Administrator Mike Merrill announcing Aluotto's firing:
M E M O R A N D U M
DATE: March 25, 2011
TO: The Board of County Commissioners
FROM: Michael S. Merrill, County Administrator
SUBJECT: Personnel and Departmental Changes
In a continuing effort to keep you informed about the implementation of personnel and
departmental changes related to the reorganization plan, I want to make you aware of the
Peter Aluotto, Director of Planning and Growth Management, will no longer be employed with Hillsborough County Government effective today.
Under the current reorganization plan, approved March 16th at the regular Commission meeting, Planning and Growth Management was renamed to Development Services, which will remain part of the overall responsibilities of Deputy County Administrator Lucia Garsys. However, the points of contact for Development Services will now be:
Planning and Zoning Joe Moreda reporting to Lucia Garsys
Development Review Bob Campbell reporting to John Lyons
Building and Construction Wayne Francis reporting to Peggy Hamric
I look forward to providing you with further updates regarding our integrated approach to
guiding customers through the planning and building process which will help us achieve our goals.
CC: Renée Lee, County Attorney
Helene Marks, Chief Administrative Officer
Bonnie Wise Chief Financial Officer
Lucia Garsys, Deputy County Administrator
Sharon Subadan, Deputy County Administrator
John Lyons, Public Works Director
Peggy Hamric, Customer Services Director
His firing will be passed off as routine fallout from the reorganization being led by County Administrator Mike Merrill. But to county-watchers, the reasons for his firing may go a lot deeper than just a routine reorganization.
Did he get in the way of Deputy County Administrator Lucia Garsys once to often? Did he piss off developers once too often? Its probably a combination of the above.
Just for the record he pissed off citizen advocates big time, as well, but pissing off citizens doesnt qualify as a reason for dismissal. In any case, things are buzzing and rumors are flying down at county center.
Well know more as the press starts to dig in.
Interesting Note: The name change from Planning & Growth Management (PGM) to Development Services is a true Freudian slip. The county wants to get away from ugly words like Planning and/or Growth Management. Those words are so 80s. Since the developers and politicians believe that the only way to extricate ourselves from these economic doldrums is to build/develop more homes, why not just name that organization the Development Department. This way the developers are happy knowing that they have their own department.