BROOKSVILLE— Hernando County has tapped an official from neighboring Citrus County to be its deputy county administrator.
In the post, Tobey Phillips, who starts work Oct. 21, will earn $132,472 a year.
“Tobey has the experience and skill set required to serve in this position,” Hernando County Administrator Jeff Rogers said Oct. 9 in announcing the hiring. “I look forward to working with her to continue making Hernando County a great place to live, work and play.”
Phillips, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and holds a master’s from the University of South Florida, spent eight years with Citrus County government, most recently as its director of community services. In that job, Phillips was in charge of nine divisions.
“I am excited for the opportunity to join the Hernando County team,” Phillips said in a Hernando County news release. “I look forward to serving the community and providing dependable leadership to county staff.”
According to the release, Phillips has experience cultivating public-private partnerships, increasing employee morale, analyzing organizational structures to find efficiencies and growing customer service skills. She is an affiliate member of Florida City and
County Management Association and recent recipient of the FCCMA Emerging Scholar program.
Hernando County received 18 applications for the deputy county administrator’s job. From that pool of applicants, four finalists were selected, and three of the four took part in face-to-face interviews, with Phillips emerging as the top choice for the job.
The hiring of Phillips is the second major appointment by Rogers this year. In early May, while still serving as acting county administrator, Rogers hired Stephanie Russ to be director of the county’s Office of Management and Budget. Russ had spent the prior four and a half years as budget director of Clay County.
The Hernando County Commission named Rogers county administrator and confirmed Rogers’ hiring of Russ as OMB director on May 14. Rogers was named acting county administrator following the dismissal of former County Administrator Len Sossamon in January on a 3-2 vote.