MANATEE COUNTY, FL — Two senior government staff members at Manatee County are planning their departure, the Bradenton Herald reported.
Deputy County Administrator John Osborne has resigned, submitting his two weeks’ notice, while Paul Alexander, director of Information Technology Services, has made plans to retire in March, reports said.
County Administrator Cheri Coryea alerted the Manatee County Commission of their departure by email.
“Both of these gentlemen brought vast knowledge of their professional training and skill to our organization,” Coryea wrote, according to the Herald. “I hope you will get the opportunity to see these two before they move on and thank them in person for their service.”
The two senior staff members announced their intention to leave the county after the commission renewed its bid to fire Coryea.
First-time commissioners James Satcher, Kevin Van Ostenbridge and Kruse, joined by Vanessa Baugh, who was recently sworn in for her third term, led the initial charge to fire Coryea at the Nov. 19 commission meeting and voted in favor of her dismissal. Van Ostenbridge proposed her termination, and he, along with Satcher and Kruse, had only been in office for 50 hours at the time. Commissioners Reggie Bellamy, Misty Servia and Whitmore voted against letting Coryea go.
Ultimately, though, the commission decided Coryea should retain her position at its Jan. 6 meeting, reports said.
At the commission’s Jan. 26 meeting, Kruse motioned to revisit Coryea’s termination, which the commission supported in a 4 to 3 vote. Bellamy, Servia and Whitmore were the “no” votes.
At that same meeting, Kruse admitted to an extramarital affair and accused Whitmore of using that information to blackmail him. Whitmore denied the accusation and has since retained a lawyer.
Coryea’s position with the county will be discussed at a special Feb. 17 meeting at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.