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Broward to name interim replacement for ousted CFO

Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry will ask commissioners Tuesday to appoint Melissa Heller as interim CFO for six months while she searches for a permenant replacement.

Heller has worked for Broward since 1999, most recently as deputy director to CFO Mike Geoghegan. Earlier this month, Henry asked Geoghegan to resign. He left -- without signing the letter of resignation Henry gave him that states he won't sue in exchange for 90 days pay. He has until Monday to sign but said in an interview today that he has been advised by an attorney not to sign though he has no plans to sue.

"I'm just trying to look out for my rights,'' Geoghegan said.

The agenda item about Heller states that the promotion will have no fiscal impact, but HR director Jim Acton could not be reached regarding whether that means she won't get a raise.

Henry's actions in mid-July -- the same week she released the budget and while commissioners were on a month-long break -- took some by surprise. Commissioner Ken Keechl at the time said that Henry would have to explain her reasons.

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