Transit director fired

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Conley replaces Painter at bus service

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The director of Levy County Transit has been fired from her job after refusing an offer to resign.
On Tuesday, the Levy County Commission, without much comment, unanimously approved naming the system's No. 2, Connie Conley, as interim director.
Conley replaces Desiree Painter, who in the past few months had come under fire for attempting to push through a $1.6 million grant application to finance the purchase of the Central Florida Electric Cooperative's administration and maintenance facilities in downtown Chiefland.
Painter had also been criticized by at least one commissioner for not informing the board she had about $1 million in her budget to help finance the purchase. And the $8,000 contract with the grant writer and administrator was also questioned by the commission although it had been approved.
And County Commissioners recently balked at buying a 4-wheel drive Ford Explorer for her to use on the job and traveling between her home in Steinhatchee and Bronson. They instead told her she would have to make do with a smaller SUV that did not use as much gas and she would not be allowed to have satellite radio.

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