i i l I
- 'Rain.e l -'
.. 'Pinellas County .Commissioner
S Charles Rainey deserved the reprimand
he received from the Florida Engineer-
ing Society for manipulating the process
of hiring a consultant.
That process is one of the most sensi-
t. ive in government because -of the
dollars and contracts usually at stake.
RAINEY'S ROLE was fist made
public by Richard J. Hesse, the retired'
Army engineer -whose straight-arrow
methods never blended well with
Rainey's political approach while Hesse
was general manager of the West Coast
Regional Water Supply Authority, of
which Rainey is chairman.
Hesse followed the Florida Consul-
taut's Competitive Negotiations Act and
the authority's rules in a process that
produced three choices from which the
authority would select a consultant.
Hesse says Rainey maneuvered a deci-
sion to "readvertise" for consultants.
The president of the Florida Engi-
neering Society called Rainey's action
"blatant deviation from the rules" and
S"exploitation of political power." He
urged the authority to reconsider. .
Still unanswered is the question of
why Rainey didn't want any of the three
consultants on the first list.
Rainey responded with personal
attacks on Hesse.
Rainey owes the people of
County and other counties served
authority a full explanation. :
This abuse of the process of a
consultant brings more
the regional water supply author
troversy which it doesn't need
PART OF the responsibility
the Pinellas County Commission, w'ii
has designated Rainey as its
tive to the authority. If the atr
to stop making waves and start supl
ing water, the Pinellas representation
should be placed in hands less political.
than those of Chuck Rainey.
Rainey has a talent for bringing pol
tics to every decision, which is inhe
ly incompatible with the mission of t
water supply authority upon which the4
future of Pinellas County may some day,
O. *TrMAN *imaromuamas.t
tJO V tLAKE -u-. :- r'
.NORMAN DLUA MMr -M
.DA..B, ____T. .
q p a -- 0 % 0