Why is Deveron Gibbons still on the St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees?

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The good news is that the St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees extended president Bill Law’s contract.

The bad news is that the Board of Trustees still includes Deveron Gibbons, even though his term on the board ended last May. Gibbons applied for another term on the Board of Trustees and expected to be re-appointed, but then his personal life unraveled and Gibbons’ ally, then-Governor Charlie Crist decided to punt on whether to re-appoint Gibbons.

In the meantime, Gibbons, who desperately needs to stay on the SPC Board because it is last base of political power, has remained on the Board of Trustees for almost a year after his (and fellow Board member Dick Johnston’s) term ended last May.

This month, two more Board members, Evelyn Bilirakis and Ken Burke, will see their terms expire. That means, technically, there will be four vacancies on the St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees.

What will Governor Rick Scott do?

Will he reappoint shuck-and-jive black Republican and Crist ally Deveron Gibbons or will this be the end of Gibbons’ public service?

Wouldn’t it be interesting if Gibbons wasn’t reappointed just two months after his mentor Dr. Goliath Davis resigned as Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg?

Free at last, Midtown, you will be free at last.

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.