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Witness: Mark Woodard made decision not to hire former Pinellas County commissioner

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Pinellas County Administrator Mark Woodard made the decision to “unhire” Norm Roche, according to court testimony Wednesday. Roche, a former Pinellas commissioner, is suing Woodard and the county alleging that he was blackballed from working for the county after he lost a bid for re-election. Roche, who had been employed by the County for a decade before being elected, said he applied for 26 jobs with Pinellas after leaving office. He was finally hired on his 27th try, but before he could…

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