DFS City Council interviews finance director candidates

Story and photos by JENNA BAILEY

On Thursday, Nov. 1, at 4:30 p.m. the DeFuniak Springs City Council met for a special meeting at DeFuniak Springs City Hall to interview candidates for the finance director position. The three candidates are Jennifer Bass, Debra Gibson, and Amy Heavlin. Each candidate was asked multiple rounds of questions by the council members and each interview lasted around 30 minutes.

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS Finance Director candidate Jennifer Bass

Questions asked revolved around the candidate’s management style, experience, salary and skill sets. Regarding management style the candidates were asked what their first actions would be as the finance director; history managing a team; history working for multiple bosses; how they as supervisors would speak with upset customers to de-escalate a situation; and discussed the candidate’s willingness to maintain open communication with the council and city manager.

DEFUNIA SPRINGS Finance Director candidate Debra Gibson

On Tuesday, November 13, at 5 p.m. there will be a special meeting at city hall for the council to further discuss the finance director candidates and make the decision of whether to choose a candidate or re-advertise for the position.

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS Finance Director candidate Amy Heavlin.

The next regular DeFuniak Springs City Council meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 26, at DeFuniak Springs City Hall at 6 p.m.