CHIPLEY - Life-long Washington County resident Steve Whittington has formally announced his candidacy for Washington County Clerk of Court.
Whittington says he believes although long-time residency is not necessarily a qualification for public office, an understanding of local culture and empathy for the taxpayer is vital. A
1985 Chipley High School graduate, Whittington earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Chipola College and a Business Administration Degree in Management from Florida State University. He has also had a real estate license for 20 years.
As an employee at WestPoint Stevens - now WestPoint Home - Whittington developed a training program used there while he was supervising a team of 20 employees. He partnered with Washington-Holmes Vocational Technical Center to establish the “Skills Enhancement” program at the facility, allowing employees to secure their high school diplomas and even take college classes during their employment.
Whittington has been employed with the Florida Department of Transportation for more than 20 years, where he has gained business experience through negotiating hundreds of transactions, including multi-million dollar complex settlements for the department. Currently, he manages a staff of agents at the FDOT Right of Way office and is the recipient of the 2014 Davis Productivity Award for his outstanding work with the Port of Panama City.
Whittington and his wife, Brenda, have three children, and the couple has volunteered at Kate M. Smith Elementary School for the last four years, teaching the Good News Club. They also started a small real estate business in 1996 and built it into a profitable local company, providing affordable housing for families.
Whittington is member of Community South Credit Union’s board of Directors as well as a board member of the Washington County Habitat for Humanity. He has logged many volunteer hours with both organizations over the past several years.
“Public service is just that,” said Whittington. “To hold a constitutional office requires a commitment to doing what is best for the people, and the day doesn’t start at 9 or end at 5. Most people are not aware of the numerous duties of the Clerk’s office, and they are diverse. I plan to do what it takes to get and keep Washington County on track, and I look forward to our new courthouse.”
Whittington adds he is not on the Primary Election Ballot as he is running with no party affiliation. “The clerk’s job is not political, and there should be no agenda other than the good stewardship of the taxpayer’s money," he said.