Santa Rosa County commissioners voted unanimously this morning to select Tony Gomillion as their next County Administrator.
Gomillion will succeed longtime administrator Hunter Walker, who is retiring at the end of the year. Walker has served as Santa Rosa’s County Administrator since 1995.
Commissioners chose Gomillion, who currently serves as the county’s public services director, over two outsiders. Barrow County, Georgia administrator Randall Dowling and Jackson County administrator Ted Lakey were the other two finalists.
Though several commissioners said their first inclination was to go with an out-of-town candidate, commissioners repeatedly pointed to Gomillion’s institutional knowledge and track record with the county. Gomillion has worked for the county for nearly 30 years, serving for the past 12 years as the county’s public services director. Prior to moving into that role, Gomillion served as the county’s environmental control director.
During interviews with commissioners last week, Gomillion highlighted his accomplishments as director, particularly customer service improvements.