Public services director says 'no' to interim administrator position

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM.

CHIPLEY — After a mere hour’s debate, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners appointed Public Services Director David Corbin to serve as a “point of contact” in lieu of appointing an interim county administrator.

“I’ll bend over backwards to help anyone up there,’ Corbin said to the commissioners. “I would be be glad to step up to the plate and help any way I can.”

However, Corbin wasn’t the commissioners’ first nomination of the morning when the board met in special session Tuesday to discuss seeking a replacement for County Administrator Steve Joyner, who resigned his position with the county on Thursday.

Commissioner Todd Abbott proposed former commissioner Hulan Carter to serve as an interim county administrator, but his motion was defeated 3-2 with Commissioners Lynn Gothard, Alan Bush and Charles Brock voting against appointing Carter.

Abbott also suggested the county’s interim Human Resources Director Albert Davis as a possible choice, but that suggestion had been voted down on Thursday following Joyner’s announcement and did not come to a vote again on Tuesday.

Brock said he questioned whether or not the county needed a county administrator, and suggested appointing Corbin as a “point of contact” person to whom county department heads could turn if they had problems.

Corbin would also be given signature authority for day-to-day expenditures above what department heads are allowed.

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