By DOTTY NIST
Sidney Noyes, former assistant county attorney and currently serving as interim county attorney, is the county commission’s selection for the vacant county attorney position from a field of 11 applicants.
The selection took place at the July 25 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting at the Walton County Courthouse.
The county attorney position had been vacated on May 19 with the departure of Mark Davis, who had served as county attorney since 2013, with Davis resigning to take a position in private practice.
Upon being notified of Davis’ resignation, the BCC had designated Noyes, Davis’ assistant attorney, as interim county attorney.
On June 20, the BCC had chosen three applicants for the vacant position to be interviewed. These were Noyes, Renee Youell of DeFuniak Springs, and Carly Hermanson of Tallahassee, with the interviews scheduled for July 12.
At the July 25 BCC meeting, the commissioners were provided with individual ranking forms and were asked to circle their first, second, and third choices for the county attorney position, with first choices getting three points, second choices two points, and third choices getting one point.
Noyes was the first choice of all four commissioners present at the meeting and received the most points when the choices were tabulated, 12 points. Youell received seven points and Hermanson five.
After reporting of the tabulation, staff was directed to proceed with negotiations with Noyes to bring her on board as county attorney.
“I look forward to continuing to work with you all,” she told the commissioners.
In discussing future direction for the Office of the County Attorney at a meeting several months earlier, the BCC indicated consensus with a recommendation by Davis for three attorney positions on the office staff, including county attorney, assistant attorney, and land use attorney.
At the July 25 meeting, it was directed that Noyes be tasked with choosing attorneys for the two additional positions, subject to confirmation by the BCC.
Noyes’ resume includes a Juris Doctor, Law degree, Cum Laude, from the Florida State University College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Florida, along with four years’ experience with the Office of the Public Defender, 2nd Circuit, the last three of those as assistant public defender, and nine months as associate attorney for the Andrews & Davis legal firm in DeFuniak Springs prior to accepting the assistant county attorney position for Walton County in March 2014.