- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors will interview the five candidates for county administrator on Feb. 17.

Supervisors will give each candidate about 30 minutes to answer questions.

Since former County Administrator Don Posey’s retirement in December, the board of supervisors narrowed the 30 applications down to five.

The finalists are Oktibbeha Comptroller Emily Garrard, Union County Administrator Terry Johnson, former Starkville chief administrator Lynn Spruill, Adcare Healthcare Regional Vice President John Thomas and Ivory Williams, Jackson’s former deputy housing and community development director.

Garrard has served as the county’s comptroller since 2002. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University.

Johnson became Union County’s administrator and inventory clerk in 1999 after working 16 years with the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office. He holds an accounting degree from the University of Mississippi.

Spruill held Starkville’s highest appointed management position from 2005 until she was relieved by aldermen in July. She holds a law degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Georgia State University.

Thomas currently serves in his role as regional manager for the health system.

Williams‘ previous job included managing and administering Jackson’s external sources of funding.

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