Role and Pay of a County Administrator

MICHAEL WANCHICK
MICHAEL WANCHICK
With 55 of 68 counties responding to the Florida Association of Counties survey of County Administrator salaries, Historic City News has learned that only ten counties in the state pay their administrator more money than St Johns County Administrator Michael Wanchick.

The county administrator is responsible for administration of all departments within county government who answer to that county’s Board of County Commissioners; and, for the proper administration of all affairs under the jurisdiction of the board.

Unless otherwise indicated by charter provision, the county administrator is hired, fired, and paid in accordance with action by the Board of County Commissioners.

The administrator can have the following powers and duties, among others:

  • Administer and carry out directives and policies of the board
  • Enforce all orders, resolutions, ordinances and regulations of the board.
  • Provide advice and recommendations on county government operations to the board
  • Develop, install and maintain centralizing budgeting, personnel, legal and purchasing procedures.
  • Organize the work of county department
  • Negotiate leases, contracts, other agreements for the county, subject to approval by the board.

The top ten salary earners reported, in order from highest to lowest, are Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Dade, Pinellas, Orange, Volusia, Duval, Manatee, and Leon County.  With an annual salary of $200,913.00, plus benefits, Wanchick comes in at number eleven on the chart.

The population attributed to St Johns County, for ranking purposes, is 201,325 — making it 24th largest.  There are 23 larger counties than St Johns, although there are only 10 County Administrators who earn larger salaries.

The counties who responded and their data reported by Florida Association of Counties today follows:

County Salary Population
Alachua $170,000.00 246,733
Baker $72,100.00 24,825
Bay $145,000.00 168,707
Bradford $67,953.60 24,324
Broward $304,674.00 1,783,757
Calhoun $52,270.00 12,929
Charlotte $154,000.00 162,394
Citrus $140,000.00 140,383
Collier $189,852.70 333,614
Columbia $120,000.00 63,479
Dade $248,500.00 2,572,821
Desoto $103,000.00 32,427
Duval $210,000.00 875,545
Escambia $170,000.00 298,438
Flagler $152,256.00 97,843
Franklin $57,000.00 9,856
Gadsden $102,000.00 44,778
Gilchrist $85,000.00 16,033
Gulf $104,800.00 12,748
Hamilton $60,000.00 12,055
Hardee $102,018.00 25,774
Hendry $124,630.00 37,808
Hernando $168,750.00 173,287
Hillsborough $260,000.00 1,275,617
Holmes $70,000.00 18,473
Indian River $190,370.96 139,586
Jackson $85,739.00 42,435
Jefferson $74,515.35 13,435
Lake $151,403.00 302,247
Leon $205,667.00 276,969
Levy $83,532.80 40,304
Madison $78,395.20 17,740
Manatee $206,086.00 333,698
Marion $157,500.00 329,442
Martin $147,084.00 146,131
Monroe $186,000.00 73,492
Nassau $131,867.42 74,591
Okaloosa $137,042.54 186,887
Orange $231,275.00 1,199,627
Osceola $192,379.20 288,046
Palm Beach $266,000.00 1,342,483
Pasco $180,000.00 472,788
Pinellas $241,072.00 925,338
Polk $186,672.00 610,650
Putnam $151,021.00 72,124
Santa Rosa $132,412.80 152,395
Sarasota $190,000.00 385,286
St Johns $200,913.00 201,325
St Lucie $167,500.00 281,026
Sumter $165,000.00 96,354
Taylor $90,000.00 19,627
Volusia $227,913.54 497,100
Wakulla $92,000.00 27,403
Walton $135,660.00 56,259
Washington $55,120.00 22,350