County Manager position discussed at workshop

Published: Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 05:05 PM.

CHIPLEY — After much discussion, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners agreed on Wednesday to follow County Attorney Jeff Goodman’s advice and meet with a representative from an advertising firm about looking for a new county manager.

The board was meeting in their workshop in Chipley, prior to their regular monthly meeting, which will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Goodman informed the board that he would have a finished job description ready for the board’s approval on Thursday.

“This job description is a collaboration based on our needs using policies used by other counties,” said Goodman. “This agency is like a head-hunting firm that will not only expedite the process, but you’re going to find a broader base of candidates, using a non-biased third-party. I’ve got to add that if you’re not going to give this guy the authority to do his job then it’s best you don’t have one at all.”

The board agreed to review the job description at the next board meeting and meet with an agent from the firm at their June 30 meeting.

Interim Human Resources Director Albert Davis informed the board that with the updated job description for the public safety director, which excludes the emergency management requirements, the county would have to re-advertise for the position.

Commissioner Lynn Gothard inquired about the current applicants to which Davis responded that they are welcome to resubmit their application.

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