|John Hofstad—Biographical Information
Prior to his current selection as the interim county administrator, John Hofstad served as the Okaloosa County Public Works Director for about five years. Directing the largest department within the county has prepared him for leading Okaloosa County in this interim period. (In addition to overseeing four other departments of Agricultural Extension Office, Facilities Maintenance, Fleet Operations, and Information Systems; Public Works consists of Road and Bridge, Parks, Solid Waste, Recycling, Mosquito Control, Artificial Reef and Engineering divisions.)
Mr. Hofstad has been a resident of Okaloosa County most of his life and has nearly 30 years experience in local government service, which includes 10 years with the City of Mary Esther and 14 years with the City of Fort Walton Beach, prior to his employment with Okaloosa County. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from The University of West Florida and a Graduate Certificate in Florida City and County Management from the Askew School of Public Policy and Administration at Florida State University.
As the interim county administrator, Mr. Hofstad will manage day-to-day operations of all departments under the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners. 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
Mr. Hofstad will serve in this capacity through the end of 2014, at which time, current and new members of the Board of County Commissioners can decide on a selection process for a permanent Okaloosa County administrator.