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County Administrator


Appointed by the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners, the county administrator acts as the chief administrative officer for the county and is responsible to the board for the day-to-day operations of county government.

The county administrator's main duties include assuring the commissioner's directives are conducted thoroughly and efficiently, drafting a recommended county annual operating budget for the board, preparing policy recommendations for commissioners' approval, preparing commission meeting agendas, assisting the commission in establishing long and short term goals and objectives for the county, and coordinating efforts with other state, federal, county, municipal and non-profit agencies.

Department directors and staff work under the county administrator to provide a wide variety of services to our residents as directed by the policies and procedures established by the board of county commissioners.

Tony Gomillion

Tony Gomillion was appointed by the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners as the new county administrator beginning January 4, 2016. Gomillion is a native of northwest Florida graduating from Jay High School, attended Auburn University and the University of West Florida and received a B. S. in business. He and his wife, Janie, have been married since 1977 and have two daughters. Through the years, Gomillion has exhibited progressive management techniques to help him and his staff grow into successful and valued members of the Santa Rosa County workforce. He believes that to be a progressive leader, one must establish clear expectations, communicate effectively, encourage teamwork, and promote a strong sense of value to each employee.

Prior Work History:
  • 2003 to 2015- Santa Rosa County Public Services Director
    Public Services consists of five departments: animal services, building inspections and compliance, emergency management, planning and zoning and veteran services. As director, Gomillion increased supervisory training and improved customer service and communication standards; heightened record keeping and documentation; created an employee recognition system; managed significant budget reduction while maintaining exemplary customer service; and established weekly staff meetings with a leadership to enhance communication and team-building across departments.
    Development Services - During Gomillion’s tenure, a need arose to have a more comprehensive approach to development processes and regulations. To meet this need, building inspections and compliance along with planning and zoning were functionally consolidated to create development services. As part of the consolidation, leadership was placed side-by side; staff was functionally grouped together to improve internal communication and create a simplified layout for the customer. Staff was encouraged to take ownership of each customer and a proactive project management plan was implemented to better involve and assist commercial customers. Finally, E-Connection and quarterly newsletters were created to inform and update the known customer base, all of which have helped the department continually exceed customer expectations.
    Emergency Management - As the Deepwater Horizon Incident Commander, Gomillion worked to manage, research and digest available information to make decisions on a totally new phenomenon. Working for 54 consecutive days involved reporting each days’ events and results along with future planned recovery efforts, and communicating daily with elected officials and the county administrator. Within emergency management, Gomillion also established an unsubsidized medical services contract with a unified medical director as well as overall system enhancements. A fire MSBU joint rural-suburban department plan was implemented and funded. E911 was upgraded and additional enhancements were implemented including an automated vehicle locator, cellular tracking, and enhanced CAD.
  • 1986-2003 Santa Rosa County Environmental Control Director
    At the time of Gomillion’s tenure, environmental control consisted of landfill, recycling, mosquito control and environmental enforcement. Under his leadership the department was able to consolidate five landfills to one; establish the first synthetic-lined cell; develop a woody waste incineration project; create the first tipping fee system for Santa Rosa County; implement a recycling program including advertising, building infrastructure, purchasing equipment, securing sites, managing vendors and the ARC contract; and initiate the first commissioned law enforcement officer environmental enforcement program for the county.
  • 1979-1985 Assistant Vice President and Loan Officer for Escambia County Bank, Flomaton, Alabama 
Other Interests:
Church and mission service work
Fishing and the outdoors
Take Stock In Children
Local Assistance Project
Community Service: Santa Rosa County Credit Union Board Member since 1987