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Collier County deputy director fired for not disclosing work to lobbying firm

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – The Collier County manager fired former Deputy Superintendent Sean Callahan after learning Callahan failed to disclose he took a second job.

“I am aware that you have been engaged in side work since March 2021 without proper notice to me or the organization,” Isackson said in a letter to Callahan.

The Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Company announced on March 3, 2021 that Sean Callahan has become a senior policy adviser to the company. Government lobbying records show Callahan as a lobbyist with a client list for the past few months.

In accordance with the County Authority’s Code of Ethics and Anti-Fraud for Administrative Procedures and Practices, Callahan is required to disclose other current employment to Collier County.

“Your failure to share this important information with me at the time you are considered for appointment to the position of Deputy County Superintendent, or any time thereafter, is a grave and intolerable violation. ,” Isackson said. “As a result, I no longer have confidence in your ability to serve in this role.”

Callahan’s employment was terminated on January 23, 2022.

“What he has done to us and our taxpayers is shameful,” said Penny Taylor, Collier County Commissioner.

County Manager Mark Isackson gave up a few months last year as he struggled with a very serious case of COVID-19. During that time, Callahan assumed the role of district administrator.

Taylor said she doesn’t know if Callahan would use her position as deputy director to benefit her second job. She said the county is looking into it.

“I think people are trying to figure out who he represents locally here,” Taylor said.

The deputy directors know a lot of confidential information such as which companies can invest in the county.

“If we had another job where that knowledge could be of benefit to other people, who would not normally get that benefit. I mean, that’s definitely completely unacceptable,” said Collier County Commissioner Rick LoCastro.

LoCastro applauded the county manager for quickly firing Callahan after learning of the second job.

“But I’m definitely disappointed that this wasn’t discovered sooner,” he said. “Because it’s too serious and mindless.”

Isackson will step down in July. Commissioner Taylor said Callahan was probably considered for that county manager position.

We have reached out to Sean Callahan and received no response.

Brownstein Hyatt company spokesman Farber Schreck said in a statement that “we were not aware that Sean Callahan was employed outside of our company. We are conducting a thorough investigation.”

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Tom Vazquez

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