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County To Hire RESTORE Act Coordinator

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With Bay County set to receive tens of millions of dollars in RESTORE Act funds, officials are looking for help.

On Tuesday, commissioners agreed to create a temporary staff position to manage the county's portion of BP's settlement of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  The coordinator will draft a master plan, coordinate and track meetings, and serve as a liaison to stakeholder groups.

Depending on the final amount of BP's fine, the county stands to gain somewhere between $31 million and $127 million.  Some of the funds are guaranteed; others are based on competitive factors.

"We need to have somebody that's watching that full time," said Commissioner Mike Thomas.

Valerie Sale, Public Information Officer, said the county will advertise the position "as soon as possible."  The RESTORE Act Coordinator will report to the County Manager and be paid an annual salary of $50,000 - $70,000 from non-general fund monies.  The salary is comparable to that of a senior planner, Sale said.

The county is not putting an end date on the temporary position but will keep it filled until the RESTORE Act program is completed, which could take several years.