Thanks but no thanks.
That's what former Florida House Majority Leader Steve Precourt told the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority on Friday in its offer to hire him as the agency's executive director.
But it wasn't on the terms he wanted. Precourt wanted the $185,000 job, and left his job as state representative for Orlando to take it.
It all looked like a done deal, too, until Jeffrey Ashton, state attorney for the Ninth District, which covers Orange and Osceola counties, asked the agency to hold off on hiring anyone until it concludes its investigation into how the previous executive director left the agency.
On Wednesday, the board voted to ask Precourt to serve month-to-month. Precourt declined the offer Friday. He only had until November to serve as representative, so it's unlikely he'll file and disrupt a race that has already launched the 2020 House Speaker contest.
Here's the release from the Orlando-Orange Expressway Authority:
(Orlando, FL) -- Steve Precourt, P.E. today declined an offer to become the next executive director of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. At their meeting on Wednesday, the Expressway Authority board asked Mr. Precourt to serve on a month-to-month basis pending the outcome of an investigation by Ninth Circuit State Attorney’s office.
“I am disappointed that Mr. Precourt has chosen not to join us. We wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Walter Ketcham, Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority chairman.
The Expressway Authority will continue operating under the transition plan developed by former Executive Director Max Crumit, P.E. prior to his departure in September 2013.
The next steps in the process of hiring an Executive Director will be discussed at the next meeting of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority board, which is currently scheduled for February 26.
The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, established in 1963 by the state legislature, is responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of a 109-mile limited-access expressway system to serve the metropolitan Orlando area. The Expressway Authority's system includes SR 408 (Spessard L. Holland East-West Expressway), SR 528 (Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway), SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay), SR 429 (Daniel Webster Western Beltway), SR 414 (John Land Apopka Expressway) and State Road 451. The Expressway Authority was the first to bring Electronic Toll Collection to Florida with the inception of E-PASS in 1994. Today, more than 500,000 Central Florida residents have E-PASS. The Expressway Authority is a job-building engine for our region. Since 2009, the Expressway Authority work plan has supported nearly 10,000 local jobs.