Captain Mark Murray, former commander of Training Wing Five at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, has been selected as Santa Rosa County Assistant County Administrator.
Santa Rosa County Administrator Dan Schebler during Monday’s county commission meeting stated the job vacancy had been advertised in April and a total of 40 resumes were submitted.
According to Human Resources Director DeVann Cook, the position was advertised on the county website and LinkedIn. Cook said it was also noticed through the Florida Association of Counties, Florida City and County Management Association and International City/County Management Association & Alliance for Innovation.
Schebler said six applicants were interviewed two weeks ago. “I’ve offered the job to Mr. Mark Murray,” he said, describing him as a “service-minded individual.”
Murray earned a 2014 Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy/Supply Chain Management from National Defense University at Ft. McNair, VA and a 2002 Master of Science degree in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University at Maxwell AFB, AL.
In his April 26 application letter, Murray stated he had made Santa Rosa County his family’s home following completion of his career as a Naval officer.
In addition to his military service, Murray is also a member of the Rotary Club of Pace and a board member for Santa Rosa Kids’ House.
“Our county has enjoyed many successes and will continue with an increasing number of achievements in the future. The prospect of playing a role in facilitating those successes motivates me,” Murray said. “I see the many parallels between the Assistant County Administrator Position and the military billets I’ve held during my career and know that the latter has prepared me well for this opportunity. I’m eager to ply my skill set and commitment to success as a teammate while we grow Santa Rosa County in a responsible and sustainable manner.”
Commissioners during the meeting approved Schebler’s recommendation to offer Murray a contract which would pay $105,000 per annum plus a monthly travel allowance of $500.