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Gerry A. Demers

Deputy Building Official

Walton County

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Walton County

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Okaloosa County

Southeastern University

Bachelor of Arts degree



Southeastern College

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Defuniak Herald » Legislators to file bill for Walton County seawalls [cached]

Demers is currently assistant county administrator.

Demers noted that he was serving with the Walton County Building Department at the time of "the seawall incident. He recalled that the building department had issued the emergency armoring permits, making it clear to permittees that "these were temporary walls. This was also stated in a brochure provided to the people obtaining permits, he added.
Demers however noted that he would like to see the situation with the seawalls resolved. He suggested removing "roadblocks" to permitting now posed by state statutory language. The language sets several requirements in order for a seawall to be permitted, including proper siting, protection of an eligible structure, and the existence of vulnerability on the property, Demers explained. He suggested the removal of some or all of these requirements in order for existing post-Dennis seawalls to be permitted. Another "roadblock," a federal beach habitat issue raised by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is close to being resolved with the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) close to being approved by the county, Demers noted.
Once permitted, the seawalls could then be monitored for impacts, Demers concluded.

"Walton County as a whole has ... [cached]

"Walton County as a whole has not taken a stand …" said Walton County Administrator Gerry Demers, adding that the county supports Amendment 11, which "is a tool to try and entice businesses to locate to Walton County."

"Walton County as a whole has not taken a stand …" said Walton County Administrator Gerry Demers, adding that the county supports Amendment 11, which "is a tool to try and entice businesses to locate to Walton County."

Local Leaders Meet to Discuss Gulf Coast Restore Act | Greater New Orleans, Inc. | Regional Economic Development [cached]

Gerry A. Demers Assistant County Administrator Walton County Board of County Commissioners, FL

Defuniak Herald » Taxpayers’ association holds annual meeting [cached]

Gerry Demers, Seigler's new assistant, has been charged with "driving efficiencies" in county government as the primary task of his position, and identifying areas where cost savings can be realized.

On the job for approximately two months, Demers formerly served as county planning and development services director and prior to that worked in the Walton County Building Department.
Demers revealed a substantial reduction in the Planning Division, which has gone from the 60 employees it had at one time to 20 employees. The Building Department, he added, has gone from 24 to just nine employees.
The total number of authorized county employees has gone from 611.5 in 2008 to 526.5, Demers said, with the current work force now at approximately 500.
Demers said the number of vehicles in the county fleet has been reduced from 435 in 2008 to 376 for 2011.
The early retirement of 37 county staff over the past few years has saved over $2 million in salaries and benefits, he explained, and the majority of those positions will not have to be refilled. The goal will be not to fill empty positions, Demers said, by consolidating tasks under current employees.
Attention has gone to energy conservation as well, Demers told the gathering, with energy audits and timers being placed on water heaters that are only in use periodically. Long distance service for the county has been renegotiated, as well, he said, for rate reduction. Cell phone needs are being investigated, he said, and he is looking into whether work phone sharing is feasible among some employees.

Gerry Demers, assistant ... [cached]

Gerry Demers, assistant administrator for Walton County, gave the overview of the county structure, statistical trends and the budget reduction initiatives that also include job sharing, vehicle pools and energy audits.

The early retirement plan resulted in a savings of "$2 million in annual salaries," Demers said. Of the open positions, Demers added "some need to be filled and others do not."

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