CRESVIEW — As the search for the city's first city manager continues, one prominent county official won't be applying: Okaloosa County Commission Chairman Graham Fountain.
Crestview Mayor David Cadle mentioned Fountain as a potential candidate at Monday's City Council meeting.
"One of the things you've mentioned to me that you're concerned about is having someone with experience in Tallahassee to work for the Legislature," Cadle told the council before adding that Fountain has served in different positions in the Capitol.
Fountain responded on Twitter on Tuesday morning.
"I was approached this morning by city officials asking if I was interested in becoming Crestview’s first city manager," Fountain wrote. "I am honored they would ask and have faith in me to take on the job, I respectfully declined. I love my job as Commissioner, and have a more work to do!"
Fountain is passing up a hefty pay raise. According to Crestview officials, the city manager would make more than $100,000. For fiscal 2018, county commissioners are paid $71,916.
The applicants to date are: William Lawrence, Lyndon Bonner, Vince Akhimie, William Vance, Tim Bolduc, Geoffrey Herwig, Stefen Wynn, Kevin Kuhlman, Earline Moorer, Artie Jones, Glenn Irby, Ben Newhouse, David Strohl, Michael Criddle, John Colby and Rachel Stallworth.
Despite having 16 applicants — including 14 men — Cadle recommended the council expand the search.
Council members currently plan to give City Clerk Elizabeth Roy their choice of four or five candidates by Jan. 3. To narrow the list from 16, each candidate who appears on a council member's final list will be given one point. The top four or five with the most points will become finalists, undergo a background check and be interviewed beginning Jan. 10.