BROOKSVILLE — Almost six months ago, Hernando County commissioners tacked on economic development duties to County Administrator Len Sossamon’s work load, with the caveat that they would revisit the situation in 180 days to assess his dual performance.
Sossamon has so far apparently passed the test because, at the insistence of Commissioner Diane Rowden, the board directed the legal office to draft an amended contract, which would keep Sossamon in both roles permanently. The board will formally put it on the agenda prior to July 14, when his six-month trial ends.
Commissioner Nick Nicholson, filling in Tuesday as chairman during Commissioner Wayne Dukes’ absence, said he likes what he’s seen so far with Sossamon’s economic development duties.
“I think our administrator’s been doing a very good job,” Nicholson said. “I think six months — and I’ve said this before — is too short of a time period to really know how much progress you’re making because it takes time. But I think in a very short period of time, we’ve seen some really good results.”
After failing to find what he thought was a qualified candidate to replace former economic development director Mike McHugh, Sossamon told his bosses last year he would be willing to take on those responsibilities.
Sossamon, who makes $128,750 a year, was given an additional $3,333 a month to take on those duties.
All five commissioners gave Sossamon high marks on his recent performance evaluation.
He has worked to establish more collaborative efforts with the school district and City of Brooksville. He was also instrumental in recent efforts to establish an educational-tourism center near the Hernando Beach area.