The Walton County Commission will decide by vote Tuesday whether Charlotte County Public Works Director Robert Halfhill is to be Walton’s next county administrator.
“Mr. Halfhill has agreed to the contract offer” presented by a three-person committee appointed to negotiate with him, according to Dede Hinote, the county’s administrative services coordinator.
“We’re anticipating him reporting for duty March 1, if all goes well,” Hinote said.
Halfhill called his likely appointment “the pinnacle” of a career in government.
“I’ve been working for over 20 years to achieve this,” he said. “I’m really excited about the commission’s confidence in me and I’m ready to go to work.”
Halfhill, who served as an officer in the Marine Corps for 14 years, has been director of the Charlotte County Public Works Department since 2009, according to his résumé. In that role, he oversaw 140 people and controlled a $36 million budget.
Prior to his hiring in Charlotte County, the résumé said, Halfhill served as facilities management director and assistant public works director for the city of Miami Beach.
The job duties entailed supervision of more than 450 employees and “the maintenance and administration of over four million square feet of facilities,” the résumé said.
From 1999 until 2003, Halfhill worked in Escambia County.
He was the public works director from 1999 until 2001 and “had a taste” of county leadership when he served as interim county administrator from 2001 until 2003.
If the appointment is finalized, Halfhill said he intends to arrive in Walton County a few days ahead of his first work day to acclimate himself to the area, and on day one will begin meeting with department directors and commissioners.
“Then I’ll speak to people in adjacent agencies and make sure I know everybody involved in government in the area,” he said. “And then we’ll start administrating.”