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Washington Co. Elects "Point of Contact" In Response to County Manager's Resignation

Washington Co. Elects "Point of Contact" In Response to County Manager's Resignation

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Comm. Lynn Gothard at Tuesday's Special meeting Comm. Lynn Gothard at Tuesday's Special meeting
Comm. Alan Bush at Tuesday's Special meeting Comm. Alan Bush at Tuesday's Special meeting
Chipley, Fla. -

The county manager seat at the Washington County Commission meeting Tuesday was there for a reason.

"Our County Manager resigned effective Friday, so we know got to make some decisions on how to move forward," said Commissioner Alan Bush.

Steve Joyner had served as Washington County's County Manager for the past two years. In his resignation letter he stated a hostile environment created by Commissioner Lynn Gothard to be the reason why he could no longer be a part of the administration.

Commissioner Gothard told News 13 in a statement that she has never bullied, threatened, or intimidated anyone.

"I adamantly disagree with Mr. Joyner's accusations that I ever acted inappropriately in my role as county commissioner. I appreciate Mr.Joyner's service to Washington County and I hope the Board of Commissioners will be diligent and purposeful in seeking a County Manager to move our county in a new and exciting direction."

In Tuesday's special meeting, the ideas brought forth from commissioners were mixed.

Commissioner Todd Abbott made recommendations of who he thought were qualified individuals to elect as interim county managers, while Commissioner Charles Brock told his colleagues he didn't know if an interim position was necessary.

"I don't think we need to rush into this too quickly," said Comm. Brock.

After much discussion, it was decided in a four to one vote, the commission would establish senior employee David Corbin as a "Point of Contact" for the county.

"He has about 32 years experience," said Comm. Bush. He says Corbin will not assume the role of interim county manager, but assume some of the responsibilities and duties of the position.

Corbin currently serves the county as the Public Services Director.

"Since the last 10 years and I've been working for the county since 1979," said Corbin.

Corbin says he enjoys serving his county in anyway he can.

"I just wanted to help and I care about the employees," said Corbin.

Only on a temporary basis will Corbin be fulfilling both positions at the same time.

The board will begin putting together a position description in order to start the hiring process for the County Manager position, a position they welcome applicants for from beyond Washington County.