Escambia County Administrator

Escambia County

The Escambia County Commission Thursday once again pushed back a vote on the hiring of a new county administrator. The latest inaction comes after 18 months and spending $40,000 on the search process.

For the want of a chairman, the opportunity was lost. Lumon May was out of town and traveling back to Pensacola on Thursday. He did not make it back in time for the meeting, which kicked off at 5:30 p-m.

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After spending a year and a half and $40,000 on the search, the Escambia County Commission could vote to hire a new administrator Thursday evening.

The five finalists are: Albert Penska, John Weaver, Jack Brown, Ted Lakey, and former Pensacola City Administrator Bill Reynolds. Brown appears to be the favorite.

A sixth candidate, current Interim Administrator Larry Newsome, is being pushed by Commissioners Gene Valentino and Wilson Robertson.

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 Whoever is the choice for the Escambia County Administrator position will have to wait a bit longer before finding out. The County Commission held a series of private and public interviews with the five candidates on Thursday.

Before the interviews, Chairman Lumon May once again criticized the selection process conducted by the Dallas-based head-hunting firm Waters Consulting.

Candidates for Escambia County Administrator are in Pensacola this week for a series of meetings and interviews.

The selection process with the five finalists were re-scheduled from late January, when a rare winter storm hit the Pensacola area. In all, 20 applicants were submitted to a local search committee by the Dallas-based firm Waters Consulting.

Committee Chairman Dave Pavlock says nothing really jumped out from the collected resumes, as they worked to determine the best candidates for the job.

A citizens’ advisory committee has whittled down the list of candidates for Escambia County Administrator from 15. The next step is to bring them in for interviews later this month.

Twenty applicants had been submitted by the Dallas-based headhunting firm Waters Consulting. Lead consultant Andrea Sims told the Commission at its Committee of the Whole Meeting Thursday that the list is made up of the five, plus one alternate.

Touart Out In Administrator Search

Dec 6, 2013

The Escambia County Commission Thursday moved forward in the search for a new administrator. That next step will be without Interim Administrator George Touart.