Bunnell, FL - The Flagler County Board of Commissioners votes unanimously to move Heidi Petito, the county's current interim Chief of Staff, into the position of interim County Administrator.
Heidi, wife of retired Flagler County Fire Chief Don Petito, will fill the position behind the current outgoing administrator, Jerry Cameron, who is slated to retire on July 2. The vote to move her into that position was made during the board's regularly scheduled meeting on Monday (June 21).
"Heidi has a long standing record of accomplishment here. She has grown up from the ranks. She understands every portion of what we do here," said Cameron. "And she is willing to step in as the interim administrator for you."
Petito has almost 30 years of experience working in governmental administration, with almost half of that spent in Flagler County, where she has worked since 2005.
Before she became the interim Chief of Staff last fall, Petito was responsible for developing capital improvement plans, writing and managing grants, implementing cost-saving initiatives to retain $1.6 million annually, and directly managing 111 employees, on top of managing the $23 million budget of the county’s largest department, General Services.
"I am extremely honored that you have the confidence in me to move the organization forward," Petito said. "I think that we’ve got a great team, an extraordinary team, and I look forward to continuing moving the organization in that direction, even if it is on an interim basis."
Petito is expected to hold the interim position for about three months.