After a two-plus hour meeting between the Jackson County Commissioners and Lyndon Bonner, the Commission voted 3-2 to hire Lyndon Bonner as the new Jackson County Administrator. The motion to hire Bonner was made by Dr. Willie Spires, seconded by Commissioner Chuck Lockey with Eric Hill voting in favor of the hire.
Bonner came before the Commission at their request after he was the top ranked out of 29 original applicants that were narrowed down to six for interviews. Bonner had originally asked for $120,000, the top end of the pay scale when the job was advertised but after negotiations, opted to take the $115,000. That does not include the benefits of insurance, retirement, vehicle, laptop, and cell phone, all of which are a part of the package deal. Bonner had also requested $8,500 relocation fee but took the $6,500 fee offered by the Commission.
Bonner is a 1981 graduate of Jefferson Technical School in Kenner, Louisiana and a 1991 Graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a 2000 graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri with a master’s degree in business administration.
Bonner’s application and resume list his last employment as the Interim City Manager for the City of Brooksville, Florida from May, 2017 to November, 2017. Prior to that, Bonner was County Manager for the Henry County Board of County Commissioners from October 2015 to January 2017. He has also served as City Manager for City of North Miami Beach, Florida from March 2011 to September, 2012.
Bonner’s application said he would be available for work March 01, 2018 but when the commissioners asked when he could report Bonner said, “I brought my suitcase, I can start today.” That brought a chuckle to everyone but they agreed Bonner’s first day on the job would be Monday, March 05.
The TIMES was flooded with calls about the outcome of the meeting and decided to poll the citizens of Jackson County about their opinion of the county’s newest hire. There was a total of 100 people polled, 20 from each commissioner’s district. Out of 100 people polled, 78 said they were opposed to hiring outside the county, 10 said they were fine with it and the county needed new blood. The other 12 people were not aware of the need for a new administrator. Of the 78 who were opposed, they stated the hire of the jail administrator was still fresh on their mind and this compounded it with the push for the youth to return to Jackson County.
Bonner is a very straight-forward gentleman with a vast amount of experience, having received acolades for the work and benefits he brought to the entities he’s been charged with over the last decade. He produced a letter of recommendation from Tommy Smith, Chairman of Henry County Board of County Commissioners about his expertise in the management of city and county government. Bonner said to the commissioners, “I have never had an issue of not working enough, pretty much I work too much with emails going out at all hours.”