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City of St. Petersburg’s lobbyist resigns – updated

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The effervescent Laura Boehmer has resigned from her position as the City of St. Petersburg’s full-time lobbyist, less than five weeks after Mayor Bill Foster took office. According to my sources, Ms. Boehmer has agreed to take a position with uber lobbying firm Southern Strategies.

“Laura has represented St. Petersburg very well in Tallahassee over the past several years, and we wish her well as she continues her career in legislative affairs with a private firm,” said Senior Administrator Dave Metz. “We are currently advertising the open position and are evaluating our options to fill the position. As we move forward, I am confident that we will continue to have good representation from the city during the upcoming legislative session in Tallahassee.”

The city is advertisement for the position on its website:

This is very responsible administrative and professional work serving as an inter-governmental liaison for the Mayor and City Council with responsibility for developing and maintaining professional contacts with federal and state elected officials, lobbyists and government officials of agencies at all levels, to include lobbying on behalf of the City at the State and Federal legislative levels. Work requires the exercise of considerable initiative and mature judgment to formulate recommendations for policy, procedure and methods to address the effects of legislation and other governmental activity; to apply considerable knowledge of governmental organizations to formulate solutions to a wide variety of problems involving government relations; and to oversee the coordination of related City programs and activities with community groups, non-profit agencies, and City staff.

The position pays as much as $88,000 a year. Among the prospective candidates expected to apply for the position (Mayor Bill Foster is said to prefer a full-time employee rather than the city contracting out for lobbying services) are Deveron Gibbons, Chair of St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees, Michelle Todd, aide to Governor Charlie Crist and Joe Triolo, Chair of the Pinellas County Housing Authority.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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