Former Hillsborough Commissioner Beckner named director of county civil service
The Hillsborough County Civil Service Board has selected former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner as its new executive director.
The job was slated to pay $115,000-$140,000.
Beckner has said if he got it, he’d stay out of elective politics for the indefinite future.
Term-limited in his countywide commissioner’s seat last year, Becker challenged Clerk of Court Pat Frank in a Democratic primary, but lost in a hard-fought race that created enmity among Democrats on both sides.
There were more than 200 applicants to replace Director Dane Petersen, who’s retiring after 30 years with the agency.
The Civil Service Board, among other things, hears appeals of disciplinary actions by employees of county government and various county agencies. The seven-member board is appointed by the governor.
Beckner was one of four finalists for the job along with Alma Gonzalez, currently the board’s employee relations manager and a high-level Democratic Party activist.
Beckner’s resume listed no experience in employment law or human resources organizations, but he said his eight years as commissioner and experience in running small businesses gave him that experience.