More than 250 people have applied for Escambia County’s vacant assistant county administrator position, county officials confirmed Thursday.

Former Escambia County Administrator Randy Oliver. (Escambia County/Special to The Pulse)

That list includes former county administrator Charles “Randy” Oliver and outgoing Pensacola police chief David Alexander, along with several other current and former local government officials. Pensacola City Council executive Don Kraher and county public works director Joy Blackmon also applied for the job, as well as Karen Sindel, the former candidate for county commissioner who currently serves on the Santa Rosa Island Authority.

The assistant county administrator will serve as a deputy to County Administrator Jack Brown and will oversee a number of county departments. The annual salary would range from $96,532.80 to $159,057.60.

Oliver served as Escambia’s County Administrator from September 2010 through October 2012, when county commissioners narrowly voted to terminate his contract. Oliver currently works as county administrator in Citrus  County, a position he’s held since 2015.

A 32-year veteran of the Pensacola Police Department, David Alexander’s last day as police chief is Friday. Despite wanting to remain with the department, Alexander was forced to retire as a result of a five-year deferred retirement program he entered in 2012, before becoming chief. Alexander has also been mentioned as a possible 2018 Pensacola mayoral candidate.

Also on the list of applicants are former deputy Gulf Breeze city manager Curt Carver; former Pensacola community development director Thaddeus Cohen; and Matt Coughlin, the former NAS Whiting Field commanding officer who currently serves as Pensacola International Airport’s assistant director.

Candidates’ applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, comprised of Brown, former assistant county administrator Chip Simmons, former Naval Air Station Pensacola commanding officer Keith Hoskins, and former county public safety director Janice Kilgore. The committee is expected to narrow the field to a shortlist of finalists, with Brown making the final decision.

“There is no set timeline per se,” said county spokeswoman Amanda Taft. “It depends on if any of the applicants are the right fit for the position.”

The full list of applicants is included below:


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