Richard Anderson signs with lobbying firm Ballard Partners

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Richard Anderson, formerly the chief administrative officer for the City of Apopka is joining Ballard Partners as co-chair of the firm’s local government practice in Orlando

Based in Ballard’s Central Florida office, Anderson brings the business more than four decades of experience in local government operations.

“Richard’s expertise and local contacts are unparalleled in Central Florida,” said Ballard Partners president Brian Ballard. “We are happy to have Richard join the Ballard Partners team and bring his invaluable experience and results-oriented approach to our clients and their issues.”

For 42 years, Anderson served the City of Apopka, the second largest city in Orange County with $70 million budget. In that time, he held a number of high-level leadership positions, most recently as Chief Administrative Officer since 2005. Before that, Anderson was Assistant City Administrator for more than 10 years.

“I look forward to bringing the same level of dedication to the clients at Ballard Partners,” Anderson said. “And working with Brian and the top-notch team he has assembled.”

Anderson’s recent retirement brought a bit of controversy as well as a few big payouts from Apopka’s City Hall.

Not only is Anderson leaving with two city pensions — for stints as fire chief and as city administrator – but also with more than $346K in unused personal, vacation and sick time.

In September, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and the City Council signed off on a two-year, $528,000-plus-expenses lobbying contract with Anderson, for advocacy in both Tallahassee and Washington.

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