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Walton County Welcomes New County Administrator

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Walton County has welcomed a brand new County Administrator.

Robert Halfhill officially took his seat along side the board of commissioners at Tuesday's commission meeting.

News 13 caught up with the Pensacola native to learn a little more about the man who said he's ready to get started.

With just over a week on the job, Halfhill is learning the ins and outs of his brand new community and his new role.

"This is definitely not a laid back county," he said.

He was not expecting it to be. This retired Marine and former Charlotte County Public Works Director said he's ready to be a facilitator of ideas and get the ball rolling on what matters most to Walton County.

"I think my biggest task is going to provide direction and continuity and stability. This is the way we're going to do it. We'll get the best practice we can find and see what works," said Halfhill.

Halfhill bested a qualified group of 6 for the position, which serves as the chief administrative officer for the county and under the supervision of the Board of Commissioners that voted him in.

"I've held positions from division superintendent all the way up to director and interim county administrator...so I've seen the bad examples and the good examples," he added.

It's something he said will help him be a better leader, adding that being good at this job should begin with the mastery of one big lesson.

"The art of listening. Listen to what you're being told. By your commissioners, that's my board of directors, their priorities are my priorities. Listen to the employees. What are there problems? What are their successes? Exploit their successes. Listen to the citizens," he said.

He plans to practice what he preaches; with eight days down, he said, "so far, so good."

Halfhill encourages all to get involved in your local government and let your voice be heard.

Interim Administrator, Gary Demers, had filled the role since Greg Kisela's departure last May.