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. ST. PETERSBURG TIMES SATURDAY. AUGUST 6. 177
Regional water authority's general manager resigns
B DAuID aJUvnYDE-
PrTir stani T aeffWrd e.
CLEARWATER Richad J. Hese. general manager
S:- toa ahisuthority Chairman
Charles Rainy office in the Pinellas County Court-
Rainey could not be reached for comment onathe resig-
The authority, created in 1974 to end intercounty
squabbles about wateracquisition, "has not achieved all of
the goals and objectives ...(or) progress anticipated by
many others," Hese said in his resignation letter. .
The letter echoes comments from authority representa-
tive and HillsborouCoh unty Commissioner Robert Curry
- who called for Hesse's resignation that"an infusion of
new leadership" would be good for the authority.
Curry said he thought Hese should be replaced by
someone who could negotiate for the authority without
frequent assistance from high-priced lawyers.
nAnarentiv. Painey also supWorted H 'e ouster,.
"It's been fairly obvious that Chuck (Rainey) has had
some problems with Mr. Hsse," said one authority official.
Rainey often has made derisive references to Hesse and
in a recent authority meeting he referred to the former
Army colonel as "General Patton over there."
Hesse said he would be willing to remain until Sept. 30.
to give the five-member board time to hire his replacement.
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