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Scott signs into law measure affecting Hillsborough Civil Service Board

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As expected, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed into law a measure that will likely put an end to the Hillsborough County Civil Service Board.

The Legislature passed a bill (HB 683) that affects the organization, which acts as a combined human resources department for the constitutionally elected officers, including the county commission, clerk of court and sheriff.

The officers have complained that the organization is slow and cumbersome in hiring new employees.

The law allows the 21 county agencies covered by the board to opt out of their services, which most – if not all – are expected to do.

If enough agencies opt out, it’s possible the board won’t have enough work to justify its existence.

Those agencies would be allowed to conduct human-resource services now done by the board, such as recruitment and testing.

The idea behind the board’s creation in the 1950s was to insulate hiring and firing from politics.

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