Commissioners turn down help with county manager search

Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington County Board of Commissioners to no action on a plan that would have accepted help from the Florida Association of Counties in the search for a county administrator.

Florida Association of Counties Executive Director Chris Holley presented a plan to the commissioners on Wednesday in which the FAC would provide a peer review system of applicants for the county administrator position.

“The recruitment process is a struggle,” Holley said, “especially for smaller counties.”

For $5,000, Holley offered to provide the network services of the FAC to promote the open position in Washington County, and to provide a peer review committee of current county mangers who would go through the applications and pick the top applicants for the county commissioners to interview.

The county has been without an administrator since Steve Joyner resigned in April. Public Services Director David Corbin has been serving as a “point of contact” in Joyner’s absence.

The $5,000 would be divided evenly, with $2,500 going to the FAC and $2,500 going toward Holley’s expenses in pursuing applicants.

The county would be responsible for advertising costs and for collecting the applications, which would be forwarded to the peer review committee, Holley said.

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