Nine candidates make cut for top county job


Nine candidates to succeed Santa Rosa County Administrator Hunter Walker when he plans to retire at the end of the year have made the first cut by a selection panel.

Among the familiar area names still in the running are former Escambia County Interim Administrator Larry Newsom, a Milton resident, and Tony Gomillion, Santa Rosa’s public services director.

They are among 64 applicants reviewed by a paid, four-member group of current and former officials from outside Santa Rosa County.

Santa Rosa County’s Human Resources Department will soon conduct background checks and the selection committee will make a report to the County Commission, which will ultimately make the hire for the $132,000-a-year job. The panel’s report is expected by mid-October, according to Joy Tsubooka, county spokeswoman.

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