Firm tapped to find next administrator

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Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 10:09 AM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Okaloosa County commissioners have chosen a Palm Beach County company to conduct a national search to hire the next county administrator.

The county will pay the firm, Colin Baenziger & Associates, a fee of $21,500 to advertise the job, recruit candidates nationwide and narrow that group to a smaller number of finalists.

The company was one of six that submitted proposals to the county.

“They were all reputable, high-quality firms,” county Human Resources Director Kay Godwin said. “(Colin Baenziger & Associates has) done a lot of executive recruitment for the public sector. … Their methodology was right on target and something that I thought would work well for us.”

Godwin said she also was impressed with the company’s 45 percent minority placement rating.

Colin Baenziger & Associates will begin in the next few weeks by conducting one-on-one interviews with county commissioners about what they want in an administrator.

“The first step will be for them to gather information about our community,” Godwin said.

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