St. Lucie County Commissioners unanimously approved a two-year contract with Howard Tipton to become St. Lucie County’s next County Administrator. Tipton, who retired as County Administrator from Brevard County, will be officially starting work with St. Lucie County on Nov. 1.
The Board agreed to have County Attorney Dan McIntyre serve as Interim County Administrator during the transition. Tipton, who has 30 years of government experience, will become just the eighth County Administrator to manage St. Lucie County since 1959. Tipton was selected out of a pool of more than 80 other candidates applying for the position. Commissioners were impressed with Tipton’s leadership and management style as well as his successes in Brevard County including navigating the budget through a tough economic time, as well as increasing economic development opportunities and reducing the unemployment rate.
Deputy County Administrator Robert Bentkofsky, in conjunction with McIntyre, will be handling the day-to-day operations of County govenrment during this transition period. McIntrye has more than 30 years experience working for St. Lucie County and served as Interim County Administrator for a six-month period in 1989.