Familiar names on list of 38 looking to become Santa Rosa administrator
- August 4, 2015
- / Louis Cooper
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A current Santa Rosa County department head, the former interim county administrator for Escambia County and a former executive office at Whiting Field are among the 38 people who have applied to become the next Santa Rosa County administrator.
The deadline for applications was Friday. The county is looking to replace Hunter Walker, who plans to leave in December, after 20 years of service.
Santa Rosa County spokeswoman Joy Tsubooka said the application packets will now go to the Florida Association of County Administrators — which the county has a contract — to help with the selection.
“The resumes will be sent to the FAC contact to be distributed to their Santa Rosa County search committee,” Tsubooka said. “The committee will screen the applicants and create a short list of approximately 10 people. We expect to have this list to the board in the Sept. 1 timeframe.”
The County Commission will then reduce that list to five-to-seven candidates, who will be invited to interview in late September or early October, she said.
“Ideally, the new county administrator would be on board around Dec. 15, so there will be some overlap. However, that will depend on their current position," Tsubooka said. "Mr. Walker has indicated he can stay on longer than Dec. 31 to help ensure a smooth transition.”
The applicant pool includes a wide range of experience and education.
One candidate has an engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One is the former state liaison for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, one of the initial agencies responsible for the compensation process following the BP oil spill. Another is a former senior adviser to the U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk.
They hail from locations as far away as New Hampshire and Nevada, and as close as Milton and Navarre.
Names on the list that might be familiar to Santa Rosa residents include Tony Gomillion, the county’s current public services director, as well as former interim Escambia County Administrator Larry Newsom, and Jonathan Lewis, the former executive officer at Whiting Field Naval Air Station.
Here is the complete list of applicants, with most recent and relevant experience and education included:
Ryan Adkins, of Jacksonville. As a civilian, he has worked for defense contractors in the areas of aircraft maintenance. He served in the U.S. Navy and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Columbia University in Missouri. He graduated high school in Jay.
Scott Adkins, of Saint Clair, Mich. He is currently the city manager for Roseville, Mich. He has held several other municipal positions in Michigan. He holds a master’s of science degree from Eastern Michigan University.
Scott Aiken, of Yorktown, Va. He is a former senior adviser to the U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, as well as several management roles for the military. He is a veteran of the Marine Corps. He holds a master’s of public administration from Troy University.
Calvin Anderson, of Creek, where currently serves as the chief audit executive for Internal Audit Business Consulting. Previously, he was the assistant city manager for the City of Pompano Beach. He has a master’s of public administration from Long Island University.
Lyndon Bonner, of Flager Beach. He is the former city manager for North Miami Beach and the former county administrator for Okeechobee County, along with other municipal experience in Florida. He holds a master’s of business administration from Webster University in St. Louis.
Michael Brillhart, of West Barnstable, Mass., where he is county administrator of Barnstable County. He has administrative experience in several local governments, including some in Florida. He holds a master’s of public administration from the University of South Florida.
Jim Coleman, of Lady Lake, where he works for the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a national disaster recovery support reservist. Formerly, he served as the city/airport manager for Williston. He is an Army veteran. He has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida.
Michael Cymbor, of Fernandina. He is the former city manager of Palatka and Fernandina Beach, as well as two cities in Michigan. He has a master’s of public administration from Bowling Green State University.
Reginald Edwards, of Mankato, Minn. He is currently an independent government consultant focused on organizational development. He’s the former city administrator of Chisago, Minn. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida.
Zee Gilbert, of Spring Creek, Nev. Gilbert is the current president/chief executive officer of the Spring Creek Property Owner Association. Formerly, Gilbert was the city manager for Dacono, Colo. Gilbert holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado.
Tony Gomillion, of Jay, who is the current public services director of Santa Rosa County. He is also the county’s former environmental control officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of West Florida.
Louie Goodin, of Jennings, where is the county coordinator of Hamilton County. He is the former owner of an agriculture/building materials company, along with other private sector jobs. He earned a bachelor’s of business administration from Valdosta State College.
Don Hoyt, of Downsville, La. He is the former county administrator in Chambers County, Ala., as well as the former city manager in two small towns. He has a master’s of public administration from Grambling State University.
Michael Krusen, of Elmira, N.Y., where he is the deputy county executive for Chemung County. He has served in other local governments in New York, and is a member of the Army Reserves. He holds a master’s of public administration from the State University of New York, College at Brockport.
Kevin Kuhlmann, whose application packet did not include a home address. Currently, he is senior vice president of VWC Builders Midwest. Formerly, he was the city administrator/emergency management director for Innsbrook, Mo. He is an Army veteran. He holds a bachelor’s degree in community and regional planning.
Mark Kutney, who lives in Wellington. He is formerly the town manager for Loxahatchee in Palm Beach County, with other experience at various Florida municipalities. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University.
Ted Lakey, of Graceville, where he serves as the administrator of Jackson County. He is the former superintendent of the Escambia County public works department, and a former correction’s lieutenant in Birmingham. He holds a master’s of public administration from the University of West Florida.
Pete Landrum, of Miamisburg. Ohio. He is currently the township administrator/chief administrative officer for Delhi Township. He has held several positions in local government. He holds a master’s in public administration from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Jonathan Lewis, of Navarre. Currently, he is the asset availability leader/reliability engineer for Georgia Pacific Paper in Brewton. He formerly served as executive officer at Whiting Field Naval Air Station, as well as in administrative capacities at other military bases around the world.
Craig Malin, of Davenport Iowa, where he recently left as city manager. He is the former administrative coordinator for Douglas County, Wis., among other public and private endeavors. He has a master’s in public administration from the University of Illinois-Urbana.
Adam Matlawski, of Media, Penn. He is lawyer focusing on the areas of real estate, zoning and municipal finance. He represents several government entities through his private practice, as well as private sector clients. He received his law degree from Penn State.
Stuart McElhaney, of Ocala, where he recently left the position of assistant county administrator for Marion County. He is a former fire chief and geologist. He holds a master’s degree in geology from the University of Tennessee.
Ricardo Mendez, of Miami. He is the former chief operating officer of the City of Harrisburg, Penn. Previously, he was also the chief administrative officer of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. He also has municipal experience in Florida. He has a master’s of business administration, finance and management from the University of Miami.
Jarvis Middleton, of Marietta, Ga. He is currently the deputy county manager for Bernalillo County, N.M. He formerly was the public works director for Atlanta, among other municipal government positions. He holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Charles Montoya, of Florence, Ariz., where he recently left as town manager. He also served in several other municipal capacities in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. He earned a master’s of public administration from the University of New Mexico.
Keith Morris, of Milton. He is currently an inspector with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. He is a former major with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, along with several other law enforcement positions. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Troy University.
Brad Myers, of Du Quoin, Ill., where he is currently the city manager. He served 26 years in the Air Force. He has a bachelor’s degree in management/computer information systems from Park University in Parkville, Mo.
Larry Newsom, of Milton. Newsom has twice served as interim county administrator for Escambia County, as well as several other positions with the county. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geology, building technology and civil engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Jim Palenick, of Belmont, N.C., where he serves as the town manager of the Town of Dallas, with experience with several other cities and villages. He has a master’s of public administration from Western Michigan University.
Albert Penska, of Gettysburg, Penn. He is the current county administrator for Adams County, Penn. He has held several other state and local positions, including City Council member of Johnstown, Penn. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pittsburg.
Eric Pruitt, of Birmingham, Ala., where he is deputy/assistant administrator of the Jefferson County Revenue Department, having served in several other capacities with that county in the past. He has a master’s of business administration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Sammy Ragsdale, of Temple, Texas. He is the former city administrator for Clifton, Texas, with other government jobs. He is a Navy veteran. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Troy University.
Jim Richardson, of Oklahoma City, Ok., where he is currently the budget director/human resources manager for the city. He has served as city manager in several cities. He is a veteran of the Army. He holds a master’s of public administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Rick Rudometkin, of Carlsbad, N.M, where he is the county administrator/chief executive officer for Eddy County. He is also the former public works director for Eddy, as well as other municipal jobs in Colorado and California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Woodbury University in Burbank, Cal.
Robert Sivick, of Grand Island, Neb., where he is currently the city attorney for Grand Island. He has worked for several governmental organizations in Nebraska. He holds law degree from Creighton University School of Law on Omaha.
Dennis Sparks, of Hopewell, Va., where is part-time retired and works as a management consultant. He was formerly the fiscal officer for the Department of Corrections for the state of Virginia, as well as county and city managers in several localities. He has a master’s of business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Kris Tucker, of Nashua, N.H.. Thomas is executive director of economic development at Vista Equities. He holds a master’s degree in resource administration and management from the University of New Hampshire.
James Walker, of McDonough, Ga., where he is the county administrator of Henry County. Formerly, he was the state liaison for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, and director of Homeland Security for the state of Alabama. He is also an Army veteran. He holds a master’s of public administration from the University of Oklahoma.