Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - January 24, 2017
REVISED January 24, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #11

Proposed Resolution R-17-010; Appointment of Hearing Officers.

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information
Sarah A. Schenk, Assistant County Attorney
Jo Ann. C. Grace, Legal Assistant, Ext. 3750

Action Requested
Motion to adopt Resolution R-17-010 setting forth an updated list of appointed county hearing officers to conduct quasi-judicial hearings related to due process and land use matters, and to provide for clerical assistance from staff to assist in preparation for and in the conduct of administrative hearings.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Section 125.01, Florida Statutes; Section 302.3, Manatee County Land Development Code; and Section 2-2-109, Manatee County Code of Ordinances.

Background Discussion
  • On November 5, 2013, the Board adopted Resolution R-13-197 which provided for the appointment of hearing officers from a County approved list of candidates to conduct quasi judicial hearings related to due process and land use matters.
  • There is a need to update the list of available hearing officers as a result of the retirement of one of the land use hearing officers.
  • Proposed Resolution R-17-010 has been prepared to reflect the removal of Land Use Hearing Officer Dennis Stotts, Esq., of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., with the substitution of Deborah A. Getzoff, Esq., of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. in his place (See Exhibit "A" Land Use Hearing Officers). Ms. Getzoff's cover letter and resume reflect her extensive environmental law experience and is attached hereto.
In all other respects, the list of available hearing officers remains unchanged, the hourly rate remains $200.00 per hour, and travel expenses will not be compensated.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
This is a County Attorney item.  See attached Resolution and Exhibits.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please return a fully approved and adopted electronic copy of this agenda item to: joann.grace@mymanatee.org

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
$200/hr as necessary to compensate hearing officers for services provided.

Attachment:  Hearing Officer Res. 17-010 Final.pdf
Attachment:  HO Land Use 2017 Ex A Final.pdf
Attachment:  HO Due Process 2017 Ex B Final.pdf
Attachment:  Getzoff Letter-Resume.pdf