County closes in on new administrator

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 03:59 PM.

Prior to that, he worked as the superintendent of Escambia County Public Works in Cantonment from September 1998 to January 2003. For nearly 15 years, from April 1984 to September 1998, Lakey was a correctional lieutenant with the Birmingham Police Department.

Cory Godwin

Godwin received his high school diploma from Walton High School in 1986. From there, he went on to receive his correctional officer basic recruit certification. From 1986 to 2004, Godwin attended courses toward a criminal justice degree from Okaloosa Walton Community College, Troy State University, and Chipola Junior College. He received in 2000 a certified public manager designation from Florida State University.

Godwin has been a county employee as the chief deputy tax collector since January 2005. Prior to that, he served as an assistant warden at Walton Correctional Institution, November 2000 to January 2005. He also served as correctional programs administrator, April 1998 to January 2000, as well as senior prison inspector in Delray Beach, Tallahassee, and at the central office, March 1993 to April 1998.  Godwin worked in Okaloosa County as a correctional officer from July 1988 to March 1993.

His references include Representative Brad Drake, Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Rhonda Skipper, and Martha Ingle, among others.

Larry Jones

Former District 3 Commissioner Larry Jones is another applicant for the position of county administrator. Paired with his 12 years as a commissioner, Jones has a Master of public administration from Strayer University and a Bachelor of Arts in management from the University of West Florida.

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