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Thirty apply to be county's new economic development chief

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Published:   |   Updated: October 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM

BROOKSVILLE - Thirty people have applied for the vacant Hernando County economic development director position.

And one of those names is familiar to most residents: Robert Neuhausen, with Sparton Electronics, who also is running again for a seat on the Hernando County School Board. He ran unsuccessfully in 2012.

Neuhausen is a graduate of the University of South Florida, with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and is senior commodity manager for Sparton Electronics, according to his campaign biography.

County Administrator Len Sossamon said Monday he was reviewing the backgrounds of the candidates and will do phone interviews with some.

Then he plans to narrow the field to about six that he may invite for personal meetings.

Sossamon said he will heed the county commissioners' advice and make sure applicants have proven track records, including lists of projects they've worked on and how much money was brought into their communities from recruiting efforts.

County Commissioner Wayne Dukes said he will press to have the selected applicant placed under contract, which will ensure the person is serious about the job. Dukes said he doesn't want someone who is looking to move to Florida to make Hernando County the last stop before retirement.

This job is too important for that, he said.

"It's going to be a job that demands results," Dukes said. "It involves a lot of thinking outside the box and a lot of time on the road."

Others on the list include: Torey Alston, Christopher Astolfi, Charles Baughman, Matthew Campbell, Thomas Carrino, Lance Collins, Deborah Davis, George James Ducas, Harold Gallup, Joseph Henschke, Kevin Hurley, Alvin Jackson, Kevin Keogh, Anthony Lacolla, William Lavers, Christopher Loto, David Lyons, Ronald Maloney, Dennis Maloy, Stephen Marro, Angela Meyer, Oscar Ocasio, Kenrick Pierre, Rozanna Quintana, Jon Roberts, Jeff Streder, Mark Tallman, Stephen Weeks and Walter Williams.

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