Jackson County is searching for a new county administrator with 27 candidates seeking to be considered for the top job. Of those 27 applicants, seven are from Jackson County with one from Blountstown and one from Chipley. There are six from out of state with the rest of the candidates living in Florida.
Vince Akhimie is from Lakeland and is presently employed by the City of Daytona Beach as a management consultant. His ending salary with that position was $121,200. He has a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering from the University of Washington.
Lynda Gayle Rizzo Bell of Tallahassee has been self-employed since 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in supervision and management from Miami Dade College School of Business.
Wilianne Daniels is currently the acting Jackson County Administrator, moving from her position as Community Development Director, where she took that position in November of 2014. Daniels graduated from Cottondale High School, Chipola College, Florida State University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and from Liberty University with a M.A. degree in Professional Counseling.
Timothy James Day of Cape Coral, Florida, graduated from Bishop Hendrickson High School in Warwick, Rhode Island, Roger Williams University with an A.S. degree and Rhode Island College with a B.A. degree. He lists Director of Southwest Florida Public Service Academy from 2002-2012 as his last employment.
Christopher Todd Edwards of Tallahassee graduated from the University of Central Florida and The Real Estate School, Inc., in Tallahassee. He lists his last employment with the City of Tallahassee that ended in July 2016.
Michael Ray Eiland from Ashford, Alabama graduated from Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas and from Texas A & M University with a B.A. degree in journalism, an MBA in Public Administration from Ashford University, and a PhD from Walden University in Public Policy and Administration. Eiland has been employed as the Director of Business Operations at Wallace Community College since January 2013.
Debra L. Gibson hails from Troy, Alabama and has been the Chief Financial Officer for Pike County Commission since September 1999. Gibson has a Master Degree in accounting from Troy State, a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Troy State and graduated from Sneads High School.
Chester Nathan Goodman, Jr. is from Blountstown and graduated from Sneads High School and Troy State University. He has been employed with the Department of Corrections in Blountstown since September of 2012 as a supervisor of education at Calhoun Correctional Institution.
Jennifer Ann James-Mesloh is from Newberry, Michigan and graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. degree, an M.P.A. from Florida Gulf Coast and a Ph.D from University of Central Florida. Her last employment was with Northern Michigan University as the Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor.
Patricia Jean-Simon from Riviera Beach, Florida graduated from National School of Technology in Fort Lauderdale. She lists her last employment with Franchise Development Group as a shift manager from October 2015 to January 2017.
Kenneth Daniel Kirk is from Bascom, graduated from Crisp County High School in Cordele, Georgia, the American University in Washington, the American Military University, and from the Police Academy at Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton. He has been retired from the U. S. Army since 2013.
Steven Geral Lachnicht is from Gainesville and graduated from Florida International University and Florida State University. He lists as his last employment Alachua County – Growth Management Department from May 2000 until April 2018.
Laura Byrd McLeod is from Tallahassee and graduated from Pensacola Jr. College, and Barry University, Miami Shores, Fl. Her last employment was listed as Legislative Assistant II to Senator Lauren Book from September 2017 to April 2018.
Lawrence Wade McNaul is from West Liberty, Iowa and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines in 2017. He has been employed by the City of West Liberty as the city manager from 2013 to present.
Martin D. Murphy from New Port Richey graduated from State University of New York at Brockport, NY. His last employment was as City Manager for the City of Oneonta, New York from October 2014 to July 2015.
Ron Harold Rabun from Griffin, Georgia graduated from the University of Georgia and lists his last employment as governance advisor (Afghanistan and Philippines) for International City Management Association from October 2017 to February 2018.
Robert Wilson Smith from Sneads graduated from Florida Sate University and Southern Methodist University. He worked as Director of Operations for Steel Consulting, LLC from July 2007 to June 2017.
Karyn Solis Tidwell from Greenwood graduated from Grand Ridge High School and Chipola College. She lists her current job as budget office oversight, planning and development for Agency for Health Care Admin from August 2012 until present.
Robert Francis VanVolkenburg from Melbourne graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, A Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY Buffalo, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oregon, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and an MBA (MSIA) from Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business. From 2016 to present he has been the Finance Manager for Brevard County in Viera, Florida.
Patricia Kay Vidal from Greenwood graduated from Belmont High School in Decator, Indiana and Flagler College in Tallahassee. She has been with AHCA (Agency for Healthcare Administration) as the administrator over the office of Data Dissemination and Communication since 2007.
Darrin Michael Wall from Chipley graduate from Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery and FSU-Panama City. He retired from Gulf Power Company in Chipley in November 2017 after 27 years ending as the office manager.
William Brian Watkins from Pace, Florida and graduate from Clemson University. He was last employed by the City of Milton from October 2008 to April 2018 when the new city council opted for new management.
Ryan C. Welty is from Decatur, Alabama and graduate from Auburn University with a B.A. and Jackson State University with an MPA. He lists 20 years of experience in state and local government and 11 years as an emergency management communication district director.
Gene Wright graduated from Williamson High in Mobile and has been Mayor of Malone since 2000.He has 22 years background in local government, administration, economic development, grants and political affairs.
Enjoli Wynn from Campbellton graduated from Yokota High School, Wayland Baptist University and is a Florida Certified Contract Manager. He was employed by the University of South Florida from August 2017 until January 2018 as a statistical data analyst.
Glenn Anderson Irby is from Umatilla, Florida and graduated from Troy State University and Lake Vo-Tech in Eustis Florida. He has been employed with the City of Apopka from January 2015 to present as the City Administrator.
Danny O. Lucas is from DeFuniak Springs and attended Georgia Tech and the University of Alabama. He graduated from Carl Vinson Institute of Government. He was employed with the City of DeFuniak Springs from October 2017 until April 2018 as the City Manager.