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Commissioners approve Mark Foreman, Jail Administrator Featured

Mark Foreman Mark Foreman Shelia Mader

Jackson County has a new jail administrator who comes to the job from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Tallahassee.   

Five of the applicants who applied for the job were interviewed with Foreman making the grade to be offered the job. Mark Foreman will retire on June 30 of this year as Associate Warden.  Donald Leavins withdrew from consideration.  Donnie Edenfield, Jammie Jeter, Karla Brock, and Wynne Testamark remained in consideration for the job.  The Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of hiring Foreman with Jim Peacock voting against the hire.  

Foreman served in the U. S. Marine Corps from December, 1988 until March 03, 1995.  He began work at the Federal Prison in Tallahassee April 30, 1995 and remains there today.  While in the Marine Corps he participated in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Operation Provide Promise.  At the federal prison, as Associate Warden, he was an executive member of prison responsible for prison management, operation security, inmate accountability, emergency preparedness, policy compliance, and supervision of staff.  His ending salary was $111,551 and he will be paid $56,349 as Jackson County’s jail administrator.   The commission questioned Padgett if he had discussed with Foreman transportation to and from his home 85 miles away.  Padgett said he had not.  Foreman told the Commission it was an hour and fifteen-minute drive door-to-door.  Foreman said he felt a year would be sufficient time to make a decision if he would relocate his family closer to his job site.  The Commission approved the hiring of Foreman with the understanding he would be responsible for his travel to and from work.

Two Jackson County residents were interviewed for the job. Donnie Edenfield lives in Grand Ridge and has been with the Department of Corrections Probation and Parole since June of 2000 as a probation officer.  Prior to that, he was with Department of Corrections in Malone from 1995-2000.  Edenfield has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Troy University in criminal justice with a double minor in sociology and psychology.  He is presently pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice.

Jammie Jeter lives in Marianna and has been employed with Jackson County Corrections Facility/Board of County Commissioners since 2003.  Prior to that, he was with Leon County Sheriff’s Department.  He worked at Jackson County Corrections Facility/Board of County Commissioners from December 2001 to August of 2003.  Jeter completed Basic Corrections at Chipola College in October, 2000.  

Karla Brock from Holmes County interviewed for the job also.  Brock was employed as Jail Administrator and Chief of Court Security at Washington County Sheriff’s office from August, 2000 until February, 2017.  Brock completed Correctional Officer and Law Enforcement Officer training at Washington Holmes Vocational and Technical School in Chipley.  

The final applicant interviewed was Wynne Testamark from Miami Gardens, Florida.  Testamark graduated from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership in 2004, Master of Management in May of 2009 and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management in August, 2011.

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