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Pattison, who led the writing of the Keys' first land-use plan, wants to return as Land Authority chief

Charles Pattison, a former top state and Monroe County planner, wants one of his old jobs back.

Pattison is ranked among three recommended candidates for director of the Monroe County Land Authority to be interviewed Tuesday at a special meeting of the county's Land Authority Governing Board. Mark Rosch, current authority director, will remain on staff as an acquisition specialist.

Pattison was executive director of the Monroe County Land Authority from September 1987 to August 1989 after previously serving as the county's building and planning director. He played a key role in writing Monroe County's first state-mandated land-use plan.

Pattison went on to work as a division director for the former state Department of Community Affairs and chief executive of the 1000 Friends of Florida nonprofit conservation group in Tallahassee.

Land Authority governors also will interview Cynthia Guerra, former director of the Miami-Dade County Endangered Lands Program; and Charles Barrowclough, a conservation planner and land-acquisition specialists for St. Lucie County.

A review committee selected the three candidates from among 34 applicants for the Land Authority post. The Land Authority board meets at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Marathon Government Center.

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