Walton County Commissioners continue the search for their next County Administrator. Candidates applied from all over, but only 6 have made the final cut
It's been a long and sometimes tedious process to find the best man for the job, according to one Commissioner, but in these final interviews that began Monday, they believe they'll find the best choice.
"We're going beyond the checklist of questions to get conversations and communication," said Commissioner Bill Imfeld.
Candidates are meeting individually with Commissioners, each potential candidate boasting an impressive resume.
"We want to know how they really feel about Walton county, what some of their ideas and processes are, and what are the good things that Walton County can benefit from by having them come on board," said Imfeld.
Get to know the candidates:
-Ted Lakey is just a few counties away, working as Jackson County Administrator since 2003. He boasts 27 years in "progressive managerial experience."
-Lyndon Bonner is also no stranger to administrative experience…with 20 years under his belt. He's the former city manager of North Miami Beach.
-George "Parrish" Barwick is currently the Jefferson County Coordinator with 20 years of public service experience.
-Bob Halfhill is the current Public Works Director for Charlotte County, Fl. The former Marine has over 21 years of governmental administrative experience.
Two locals have made also the cut. They are former Walton County Commissioner, Larry Jones and Walton County Chief Deputy Tax Collector, Cory Godwin.
As interviews continue, Imfeld said they are looking forward to the possibilities.
"We're really excited; we've had some great candidates come through so far. Looking very interested to see the rest of them, but I know that we're going to benefit as much from whomever we don't hire as much from who we do hire," said Imfeld.
A final decision will be made at the next commission meeting on January 22nd.