County closes in on new administrator

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 15:59 PM.

Jones says he would work to keep commissioners "in the loop" by means of his communication skills, citizen focus, and management skills, among others. As a former commissioner, Jones writes that he would bring that insight to the position of county administrator.

During his term as a county commissioner, Jones worked as a public sector manager at Waste Management from 2009 to April 2012. He worked as an adjunct professor at Columbia Southern University's School of Business in Orange Beach, Ala., 2009 to December 2011. From 1980 to 2008, Jones worked as the owner, operator, and/or manager for various successful businesses, including multiple retail establishments and restaurants.

Gerry Demers

Before Demers became the interim county administrator last summer, he took the assistant county administrator position in 2010. Demers boasts 26 years of "supervisory and management experience," with seven and a half of those years with Walton County, where he has met the challenge of budgeting while keeping up morale and "bring calm to the issues as well as stability to the workforce."

Demers has been working with the county in the capacity of the county administrator position since May 2012, after Greg Kisela resigned, and he previously held the post January 2011 to June 2011. He has also worked as the director of the planning and development, March 2009 to November 2010; and deputy building official of Walton County, June 2005 to March 2009, and Okaloosa County, June 2002 to June 2005. Demers has also owned his own construction business from 1993 to 2000, and he was also employed by the U.S. Army, as a captain 1984 to 1993, and as a sergeant 1976 to 1981.

Demers then attended Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree, 1981 to 1984.

George Barwick



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