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WEEKEND Washington County News Saturday, APRIL 27, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Administrator resigns CHIPLEY — The Washington County Board of County Commissioners will have a special meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the County Commission Chambers, 1331 South Blvd., to discuss the vacant county manager position and related county operations. WESTVILLE — CSX Railroad crews will be See BRIEF A4 "" !         By RANDAL SEYLER RANDAL SEYLER | The News Steve Joyner, county administrator for Washington County, receives a hug from a wellwisher after announcing his resignation at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Thursday in Chipley. Joyner submits resignation to county commissioners By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — The Washington County Board of County Commissioners were temporarily speechless when County Administrator Steve Joyner tendered his resignation to the board on Thursday morning. “This is something that has been weighing on me for the past couple of months,â€? Joyner said, “and I would like to resign my position as county administrator effective tomorrow.â€? “This breaks my heart,â€? Commissioner Todd Abbott said. “Are you sure this isn’t something you would recon- sider, Steve?â€? asked Chairman Alan Bush. “It’s not anything any one commissioner has done,â€? Joyner said. “This is something I’ve considered for a while.â€? County Attorney Jeff Goodman said the board should consider calling a special meeting next week to appoint an interim county administrator. “It would be best to regroup, get our thoughts together, then look at appointing an interim administrator.â€? See JOYNER A2 Senior Center opens in Caryville By CECILIA SPEARS Get your free copy now 547-9414 | @WCN_HCT INSIDE CARYVILLE — Caryville celebrated their new Senior Center with a grand unveiling held on Wednesday at the Caryville Civic Center. The Washington County Council on Aging will be using the Caryville Civic Center as a Senior Center, Activity Center and Meal Site every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free food, activities and transportation for all seniors in the area. “We are so very excited to bring you all fun activities, good food and fellowship every Wednesday,â€? said Assistant Director Anita Ingersoll of the Washington County COA. “We’ve got arts and crafts as well as a large variety of games. We’re also open to new ideas and would love to hear what you would like to do.â€? Ingersoll said if you are a INDEX Faith .....................................A4 Classifieds .............................A5 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 Commissioners discuss openings on commissions, safety director 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT Planning Commission to meet Railroad continues roadwork 50¢ Volume 90, Number 4 Special BOCC meeting called CHIPLEY — The Washington County Planning Commission will have a workshop on May 7, immediately after the regular Planning Commission Meeting at 5 p.m., in the County Government Annex Meeting Room, 1331 South Blvd., to review the Future Land Use Maps. The commission will accommodate handicapped and disabled persons who wish to attend this meeting. Call 4155093 at least 48 hours in advance to make arrangements. Vernon JROTC helps at Relay, A3 CECILIA SPEARS | The News Assistant Director Anita Ingersoll of the Washington County Council on Aging welcomed seniors from the Caryville community to the first day of their Senior Center activities on April 24. member of the senior community 638-6217 or 638-6216. and would like to attend, eat a “We want to make sure that you meal or are in need of transpor- enjoy your time with us,â€? said Intation to make reservations at gersoll. “Come out and join us.â€? CHIPLEY — The Washington County Board of County Commissioners discussed filling a few county positions and rescinded an early board action at Thursday’s BOCC meeting in Chipley. Senior Planner Mike DeRuntz asked the board to consider a list of candidates for the county planning commission. Commissioner Tonya Pippin will be stepping down from the panel in May, and a replacement is needed for her. “We have quite a few people who have expressed interest in serving on the commission, and I have been getting in touch with them to make sure they are still willing,â€? DeRuntz said. He noted that Pippin’s position is an “at-largeâ€? position, and can be filled with a resident from anywhere in the county. Commissioner Charles Brock asked if the open position had been advertised so that the public would know a commissioner was being sought. “Back in 2011 the county advertised for persons interested in serving on boards,â€? DeRuntz said. From the applications received in 2011, he had compiled a list of potential candidates for the planning commission. The board was asked to consider the names on the list and come back to the May meeting ready to discuss an appointment. “It would be great to have a full board,â€? DeRuntz said. The commissioners also discussed the county’s search for a public safety director. Chairman Alan Bush said he was concerned with the direction the search for a public safety director was taking. After Roger Hagan retired as public safety director in December, the commission voted to update the county’s organizational chart and move the Emergency Medical Services under the direction of the public safety director. Bush said he thought that the board may have acted precipitously in putting the EMS under the public safety director’s jurisdiction. “I never got a clear feeling from the board for what they wanted to do,â€? Bush said. He suggested the county move the EMS back out from under the direction of the public safety director. “We shouldn’t fill this position,â€? said Commissioner Joel Pate, who was celebrating his 75th birthday on Thursday. “This has been mishandled from the get-go.â€? County Attorney Jeff Goodman said that the board would have to rescind its previous action of changing the organizational chart, and that the job should be re-advertised and a new pool of candidates gathered and interviewed. The interviewing and hiring See OPENINGS A2 Connect with us 24/7 Get breaking news, videos, expanded stories, photo galleries, opinions and more... @WCN_HCT

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