HC BOCC moves forward in ‘county manager’ search


Resident JoAnn Cooey was present to discuss drainage issues on her road during Holmes County Board of County Commissioners’ June 11 meeting.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 10:24 AM.

BONIFAY — After much discussion the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners agreed to move forward in their pursuit of a county manager at their June 11 meeting, by approving County Attorney Jeff Goodman to write a job description to bring back to the board at their next meeting.

“I understand that you want a county administrator but without the authority to hire and fire,” said Goodman. “Someone who can coordinate between department heads and oversee public works but not with the full power of a county attorney. Basically it will be county coordinator and public works director.”

Chair Monty Merchant said he would like someone who would be willing go out to the project sites to work.

“I’m hoping he’s not a coat and tie man,” said Merchant. “We need a man that can put on his boots and get to work out there.”

Project Engineer Jack Elliott and a representative from the Department of Transportation gave an update on the progress being made to County Road 173 North.

Elliot explained there were very few tasks that remain to finish the project, which included side drains and shoulders.

“The south end looks better then the north end,” said Commissioner Kenneth Williams. “Will the north end be corrected before you leave? Also, how long can they hold people up, because I was out there for 22 minutes for almost three miles between barricades.”

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