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Walton Commissioners Talk TDC & County Admin Roles; Meadows Apologizes

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The Role of South Walton Tourist Development Council Executive Director is officially open.

Tuesday marked the last day for Executive Director Dawn Moliterno.

In perhaps a surprising move, the Board of Commissioners voted 3 to 2 to make the position an employee of Walton County instead of a contracted position.

HR Manager Nan McGinnis presented the top nine candidates that have been selected and scored based upon experience and desire for the role.

The board will begin interviews for all nine candidates next week, but in the interim, Major Stan Sunday, who runs the Walton County Department of Corrections was voted in as an administrative overseer until the candidate is hired.

Chief amongst the Board's discussion was the issue of salary.

Moliterno was paid $130k a year, but the posted salary range goes from around $78.5k to around $134.8k

The Board agreed to cap the range at $130k as they move forward with the interviews.

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Following the swift departure of New Walton County administrator Bob Halfhill last week, Commissioners discussed their next step in filling that role.

Halfhill had only been on the job for a month when he stepped down April 2nd, citing medical and family issues in a letter to the board.

Tuesday, the council agreed to bring Assistant County Administrator, Gerry Demers back to his role as Interim County Administrator.

Demers had filled the role for 9 months since the resignation of former Administrator, Greg Kisela in May of 2012.

The Board also agreed to hire a head hunter service through the Florida Association of Counties to provide a list of viable candidates by July.

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Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson requested an apology from a County Commissioner at Tuesday's council meeting.

Appearing before the Board, Adkinson addressed at statement Commissioner Cindy Meadows had made in the Walton Sun newspaper regarding the arrest of former commissioner Lane Rees on child porn charges last week.

Her statement alluded to people in Walton County having "vendettas."

Adkinson took offense to the statement, feeling it was geared towards him and his department.

Meadows apologized, saying the statement was not about Adkinson or his office.

Rees was arrested on possession and distribution of child pornography last Monday evening.