By Allison Hall:
On August 30th 2016, the voters of Seminole County elected a new Tax Collector. Joel Greenburg had ousted the veteran officeholder, Ray Valdes. Newly elected officials taking office typically reconfigure administration staff to include associates who they believe best fill the positions and share the same values and priorities as the elected official. One of those positions, Chief Administrative Officer, became available for insurance agency owner, former Seminole County Commissioner and 2016 Seminole County Clerk of Court candidate, Mike McLean.
“As Chief Administrative Officer for the Tax Collector’s office, I am primarily responsible for duties such as human resources, payroll, benefits, training, finance and accounting,” said McLean. “Joel reached out to me after he won and said, ‘I won; now I need your help.’”
McLean informed Orlando Political Observer he and Greenberg would occasionally meet up to discuss what has been going on and how to move forward.
“I have experience with administration from being involved in the insurance industry and political experience from being a County Commissioner.”
It’s no secret the Tax Collector’s office has been the same for years; however, McLean added, “Joel is a visionary thinker.”
Often times, once a new boss is in the process of being brought in, people who work for the company, organization or, in this case, the former elected official might not know what to except. When asked how the staff has been responding to the new administration, McLean said, “It’s been very positive, and the staff seems to be very pleased.” McLean went on to say, “We’re currently in hiring mode and want to hire for other positions. In addition to that, we are also training and redoing payroll.”
“I never thought I would be here,” added the new Seminole County Tax Collector’s Chief Administrative Officer.
Mike McLean started his new position on January 3, 2017.