Manatee County's chief financial officer resigns
Jan Brewer says Administrator Scott Hopes directed employees to withhold information from her.
Jan Brewer, a Manatee County deputy administrator and the county’s chief financial officer, resigned Tuesday.
Brewer, a county employee for 10 years, said she quit after learning that her boss, County Administrator Scott Hopes, had directed staff to withhold certain information from her. For instance, Brewer said she realized after reading a letter from Manatee County Clerk Angelina “Angel” Colonneso that her office had not been told about certain spending, such as the retirement account set up for another county administrator and the purchase of a $46,000 SUV for Hopes to use. Colonneso said she had “grave concerns” about how Hopes, the county administrator since the spring of 2021, was managing the county.
“I came to Manatee and have lived and (thrived) by the ACE philosophy - Accountability, Civility, and Ethics. I believe the taxpayers of Manatee deserve no less from the people they are paying taxes to handle services,” Brewer wrote in her letter. “My concern is to the well-being of the employees and the adherence to policies we strive to maintain.
Read Brewer’s resignation letter below.