Counties scramble to figure out term limits for officials

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Last Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court Thursday either reversed or receded an earlier decision and now, the 20 charter counties in Florida can impose term limits on local elected offices.

Because of that ruling, counties are trying to figure out what happens next.

» In Broward, four long-time commissioners will be terming out in the next two years.

» In Duval County, the clerk of the court Jim Fuller could be stuck waiting to learn if he’s allowed to hold onto his job. The same question could be on the horizon soon enough for Sheriff John Rutherford, Property Appraiser Jim Overton and Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland. Eventually, it could even wait for Tax Collector Michael Corrigan.

» In Pinellas, County attorney Jim Bennett says he’s not sure about the effect of the new ruling. He said he plans to meet with a group of lawyers Friday to discuss the case and any possible fallout. Former county attorney Susan Churuti says the future is not murky: The only way term limits could return for elected county officials is for voters to pass a new referendum.

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.