BCC names Sunday as Walton County Administrator

STAN SUNDAY

From Ron Kelley, Board of County Commissioners Public Information Officer 

At the March 12 meeting of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC), the board made it official regarding the hiring of a county administrator. Interim County Administrator Stan Sunday was installed as the fulltime county administrator. 

Mr. Sunday possesses a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has extensive experience with Walton County government. Sunday served and held the position of Deputy County Administrator for Walton County from Sept. 30, 2013, to Sept. 23, 2022, and was responsible for the operations of the county with oversight and leadership responsibility for department heads and directors. 

From March 27, 2007, to March 4, 2014, he served as both Deputy Corrections Director and Corrections Director for the Walton County Department of Corrections.

Between 1989 and 2007, Sunday worked in a variety of roles for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, including Captain, Chief of Investigations (second in command of the Sheriff’s Office), and Chief of Administration, plus other supervisory positions. 

At Tuesday’s meeting, Human Resources Director Nathan Kervin told commissioners that 11 applications had been received since the Jan. 29 posting of the position and he asked for board direction on moving forward. 

Commissioner Danny Glidewell responded, saying, “I think it’s plainly obvious that Mr. Sunday has ‘righted the ship’ so to speak. I don’t really see the need to have a bunch of interviews, so I would move that we remove the title ‘interim’ and make him permanent under the same contract he’s got.” Commissioner William ‘Boots’ McCormick seconded the motion. 

Commissioner Donna Johns suggested they would be remiss not to look at the other 11 applicants. “I am sure there are some of those 11 that don’t qualify, but I am sure there are a few that do,” she said. “I think it would be remiss not to interview those that do qualify, just to make sure…I think it should be something that is quick, because we definitely have to have someone in this position and Mr. Sunday is doing a great job. I just want to make sure that we are giving everyone an opportunity, otherwise why did we ask for applications.” 

Commissioner Brad Drake dissented, saying, “Once you find someone that meets and satisfies those requirements and someone that you’re comfortable with, I think that you put your foot on the gas. You proceed and go ahead and cut off any nominations or additional considerations. I am of the opinion that Mr. Sunday has been interviewing for this position. We gave him a shot – we said, ‘We’re going to give you an opportunity to show us if you are capable, if you have what it takes to satisfy the requirements of being the CEO (chief executive officer) of the organization’ and evaluate his performance,” said Drake. “I have seen nothing short of exemplary work out of Mr. Sunday. I really think that it would be in our best interest to accept his job performance in the last three or four weeks as an interview and I think that he has passed with flying colors…let’s proceed and get that behind us.” 

Commissioner McCormick said, “Mr. Sunday has spent eight years in that driver’s seat handling the issues already. I don’t think there’s an issue that can come up that he hasn’t handled…and I think he’s the guy for the job.” 

Board Chairman Tony Anderson agreed. “I think if we waited a month and interviewed everybody, we would still come to the same conclusion – that Mr. Sunday’s the guy,” he said. 

The commissioners hired Stan Sunday as the permanent, fulltime county administrator by unanimous vote.