County Makes Top Pick for Manager

Edwin Smith is Bay County's new county nanager.

After commissioners held group interviews with the four finalists over the weekend, they voted for Smith Monday morning. He is from Chiefland. Smith previously was the county’s second choice when Ms. Brancaccio was hired two years ago.

Former County Manager Pam Brancaccio resigned back in April and a search for her replacement was begun.

Long-time Deputy County Manager Joy Bates has assumed the role on a temporary basis.

Availability negotiations will now ensue and the commission expects Smith to take office in about four weeks.