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Ernie Padgett—Biographical Information

Ernie PadgettErnie Padgett was selected and approved by the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners on April 2, 2013. He brings over 30 years experience in local government in Florida, to Okaloosa County. During his career he has managed three other Florida counties with populations ranging from 50,000 to 300,000.

Ernie holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Florida State University. His education and experience will be instrumental as county administrator of 16 departments and 758 employees. Responsibilities include implementation of government policies of the Board of County Commissioners, preparing the annual budget and oversight of the executive branch of government.

Okaloosa County government consists of departments and constitutional officers within three categories:

Public Safety: Corrections, Inspections, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, Sheriff
Essential Services: Airports, Constitutional offices, Extension Services, Facilities Maintenance, Growth Management, Information Systems, Judicial Costs, Health Dept., Transit (WAVE bus), Public Works, Water & Sewer
Quality of Life: Museums, Libraries, Parks, Tourist Development Dept., Veterans Services

Ernie and his wife Lydia, look forward to living and working in Okaloosa County.

Ernie Padgett
County Administrator
1804 Lewis Turner Boulevard
Suite 400
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Phone: (850) 651-7515
Fax: (850) 651-7551
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