BONIFAY – Holmes County Emergency Management Services Director Wanda Stafford turned in her letter of resignation recently and was approved during the regular scheduled meeting of the Holmes County Board of County Commissioner’s meeting on May 13.
Stafford has served Holmes County as a county employee for almost 26 years, starting her employment under Cody Taylor, Holmes County Clerk of Court in 1988 and was transferred a few years later to work for the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners as Administrative Assistant, taking on the tasks of Safety Coordinator, Recycling Coordinator, Indigent Health Care, Emergency Management, 911 Mapping and Addressing and “any other hat that the Board chose,” said Stafford.
In 1992 she transferred to Emergency Management full time, including Mitigation Grants, Federal Declarations, Hazards Analysis and continued to supervise the 911 Mapping and Addressing Department where she served the public for the last 22 years.
“I have had the opportunity to work with the greatest people in the world, the citizens of Holmes County,” said Stafford. “It has been such a rewarding position to be able to assist our citizens in their times of need. In the small counties, we may not have had had the staff and funding that the larger counties have but we had teamwork and people that truly cared about helping their communities.”
Her new position will be the Region I Coordinator for the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management, servicing from Escambia County to Gulf County.
“I am very excited to be able to work with my fellow counties in a new capacity,” said Stafford. “I would also like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to Tiffany Majors; she has been my right hand person for the past 22 years, Tiffany is the most caring person that I know, she always went above and beyond to help anyone in any situation and there has never been a day that she not greet the public with her smile. I appreciate her willingness to serve the public and her dedication to the citizens of Holmes County; she will be missed by all.”
After much discussion the Board approved of County Attorney Jeff Goodman to advertise for Stafford’s position as soon as possible while making temporary arrangements until the position is filled.
Board also accepted the resignation of Emergency Management Services Programmer Tiffany Majors. After 22 years of service Majors wrote in her resignation that she is moving on to become a major part of her family’s agricultural business.
- After a long discussion about the need of a grader for District 1 the Board approved of “piggy backing” the Sheriff’s Office’s bid to purchase a John Deere grader for the price of $1,966 a month for a year-end pay-back and to address purchasing two more graders after the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s work to repair the county’s road was done.
- Board agreed to help Ponce de Leon High School’s Agricultural Class with materials to build up the road leading to 30 acres used by the school to teach irrigation, catfish farming, soil conservation, crop growing and many other classes Agriculture Teacher Larry Sweat, Jr. informed the Board the class is now geared toward.
- Board approved of low-bid contract with Blankenship Contracting in the amount of $33,000 to place a fabricated screen box in the sewer line near the prison to catch large items being flushed, such as sheets and shoes, and stop them from clogging and destroying the grinders at the new sewer plant in Bonifay.
- Board approved Consent Items: Minutes for Regular Session on April 29 and Emergency Session on April 30; and Resolution with Tri-County Community Council.
- Board approved of Traffic Signal Maintenance and Compensation Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation, which is an updated agreement from the last one signed in 2002.
- Chair Monty Merchant informed the Board they put out the LAP Sidewalks Phase I CEI Services out for bid but only received on bid the first time and the FDOT asked that he put the bid out again but this time only received one more for a total of two. Merchant said that he had not heard approval from FDOT to move forward and Board approved that as soon as they hear from FDOT that it will be put on the next meeting’s agenda.
- Goodman informed the Board that the contract the county has with Preble Rish and Melvin Engineering is up for renewal in August, explaining that the original contract was for two years with the option to renew for a year after that before bids were to be placed. The Board approved to renew their contract for one more year.
- Goodman gave an update that the Board had interviewed all seven applicants for the position of Public Works Director and the Board tabled the discussion until later when a decision would be made.
- Board approved to put out a bid for rock in the ongoing FEMA work.
The next meeting is a special called session at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 19 and the regularly scheduled meeting is set for 6 p.m. on May 27.