53 applicants for new $115K county position

Posted on January 16, 2017 by Romi White

Santa Rosa County Administrator Tony Gomillion created a firestorm of criticism when he created a new assistant county administrator position for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Before the job opening closed Dec. 2, 53 applications were submitted for the position, which will pay up to $115,000 per year.

Gomillion was hired in January 4, 2016 at an annual salary of $135,720 plus a $500 per month in-county travel allowance. He replaced Hunter Walker, who was making $132,000 a year before retiring in December 2015 after two decades serving as the county’s top bureaucrat.

Walker did not have an assistant county administrator position during his two-decade tenure.

Previously Gomillion was the county’s Public Services Director and made around $98,000 per year. Instead of hiring a replacement for himself, Gomillion decided to convert that position to Assistant County Administrator.

Job requirements included a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university supplemented by a minimum of seven years in progressively responsible local government management, including five in a supervisory capacity. The salary range for the position is $95,000-115,000 per year based on qualifications and experience. And the job posting described an “excellent” benefits package which includes participation in the Florida Retirement System, vacation, sick leave, group life insurance, monthly travel, professional dues and conference expenses.

Noteworthy applicants for new position include current Santa Rosa County Grants Director Sheila Fitzegerald, Keith Morris, former chief administrative officer for Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, and several experienced county and city administrators, including former Jackson County Administrator Ted Lakey, who was one of three finalist for the position Gomillion currently holds.

According to Santa Rosa County Commissioner Lane Lynchard, the Board of County Commissioners will have final approval of the contract for the new position, and that matter is expected to come before the board at an upcoming meeting.

Following is a list of the applicants for the new position:

Aimee Bean, contract operations manager for SURVICE Engineering Company

Alex Morales, interim management consultant, Bergen County Board of Social Services

Amy Hymel, training and development manager, Cornerstone Chemical Company

B.J. Cottrell, inspections chief, Air Force Global Strike Command

Carol Ettelson, executive director, Watermark of Gulf Breeze

Charles Jacien, former town manager, Castleton, Vermont

Christopher Himes, department manager, US Navy

Chris Phillips, project engineer, Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners

Charles Angle, client solutions executive, AT&T

Clay Goodman, county administrator, Craig County, Virginia

Charles Goldsborough, operations manager, City of New Orleans

Curtis Keyser, former branch manager, Tyndall Federal Credit Union

Dan Schebler, retired deputy program director, Office of Economic Adjustment

David Strohl, village administrator, Forsyth, Illinois

David Walker, regional safety supervisor, Randstad USA

Donald Warn, finance director, Town of Parker, Colorado

Donnie Perry, police chief, Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles Code Enforcement Division

Edward Dean, senior strategist, Edward Walker Dean & Associates

Edward Dorsey, executive director, Dothan-Houston County Mental Retardation Board

Edwin Beauchamp, vice-president of operations, Georgia Gwinnett College

Elizabeth Schrey, senior planner, City of Pensacola

Eric Garretty, chief administrative officer, City of Fort Worth, Texas

Fredrick (Ted) Young, assistant warden – finance/administration, Blackwater River Correctional Facility

Gia Scruggs, administrative services director, City of St. Joseph, Missouri

Greg Wood, county manager, Harris County, Georgia

Gregg Blaize, assistant executive director, Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center

Jansen Tidmore, executive director, Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority

Jason Peters, administrative intern, City of Maple Grove, Minnesota

Jennifer James-Mesloh, assistant professor/MPA program coordinator, Northern Michigan University

John McCue, director of governmental affairs, New Millennium Companies

John Shepherd, township manager, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Johnny Clayton, college instructor, Tennessee College of Applied Technology

Keith Morris, director of investigations, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration

Kevin Opple, city manager, Naval Station Everett, Washington

Kwasi Obeng, chief performance analyst, Office of the Inspector General, City of Chicago

Larry Collins, fire chief, Ann Arbor Fire Department

Larry Mau, assistant county engineer, Sarasota County, Florida

Laura Camcioglu, associate consultant, Municipal Solutions

Mark Kutney, former town manager, Loxahatchee Groves, Florida

Mike Berger, service office manager, Bureau of Workers Compensation, State of Ohio

Nathan Coyle, city manager, City of McCall, Idaho

Nathan See, street superintendent, City of Pea Ridge, Arkansas

Pilar Williams, owner of 2B Postal and former administrative assistant at ITT Technical Institute

Redmond James, city manager, City of Groveland, Florida

Robert Hughes, senior financial analyst, Baptist Healthcare

Robert Humphrey, human resources director, U.S. Army, New Orleans, Louisiana

Sammy Ragsdale, assistant county administrator, Ford County, Kansas

Shawn Henessee, county administrator, Marinette, County, Wisconsin

Sheila Fitzgerald, director of grants and special programs, Santa Rosa County, Florida

Ted Lakey, former county administrator, Jackson County, Florida

Terri Lea Hugie, ICMA senior management fellow, City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Tim Ridder, management consultant, TJR consulting

Yesenia Helms, office automation assistant, NETSAFA, NAS Pensacola