New Staff Take the Lead

Fiscal year 2016/17 was a year where several key leadership roles were filled under County Administrator Jack Brown. The six staff selected are as diverse as the positions themselves. However, each has a drive for continuous improvement and growth, with a focus on fostering teamwork internally and improving customer service for our residents, partner organizations and other local government officials. Escambia’s new senior staff included:

Nick Simmons

October 2016  
Nick Simmons, Extension Services Director and Commercial Livestock Agent

Nick Simmons started with Escambia County on Oct. 17, 2016. As the new Extension Director, he provides administrative support for Extension Services, overseeing the office and ensuring adequate resources are in place to provide educational programs and make a positive impact in the community. Simmons served for five years as the Extension Coordinator in Tippah County before coming to Escambia, covering all components of agriculture, including animal and plant systems, horticulture, timber production and land management. Growing up in Saltillo, Mississippi, Simmons is a third generation 4-H member. Read more

Tim Tolbert

December 2016  
Tim Tolbert, Building Official – Director of Building Services

Tim Tolbert began as the new Building Official – Director of Building Services on Dec. 5, 2016, replacing Donald Mayo, who retired from the position after 38 years with the county. Tolbert's responsibilities include supervising the Building Services Department, providing support to county administration and the board of county commissioners and ensuring compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and codes. The Holley native has 22 years of experience as a building official and fire marshal and holds more than a dozen certifications and licenses in his field. Tolbert most previously served as the Building Official with Lafayette Consolidated Government in Lafayette, Louisiana. Read more.

Tammy Jarvis

February 2017  
Tammy Jarvis, Corrections Director

On Feb. 1, 2017, Tammy Jarvis began as the county’s new Director of Corrections. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Escambia County Jail, Community Corrections Division and Road Prison. Jarvis joined Escambia County from Coleman, Florida, where she served as the CEO and complex warden at the Federal Correctional Complex within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In her previous role, she supervised more than 1,500 employees and was responsible for the management of the largest Federal Correctional Complex in the United States. One initiative she is hoping to expand is the utilization of community corrections, which provides criminal justice alternatives for nonviolent offenders while promoting a safe environment. Read more

Erick Kleinert

March 2017  
Eric Kleinert, Human Resources Director

Escambia welcomed Eric Kleinert as the new Director of Human Resources on March 31, 2017. He joined our team from Carmel, Indiana, where he served as the Human Resources Director for the Indiana Department of Transportation for the organization of 3,500 employees. Kleinert’s responsibilities with Escambia County include supervising the Human Resources Department, mentoring and evaluating staff, advising the county administrator on the needs of the department and representing the department before the board of county commissioners. With 20 years of experience in the field of human resources, Kleinert has also earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources certificate from the HR Certification Institute and Senior Certified Professional certificate from the Society for Human Resources Management. Read more

Matt Coughlin

July 2017 
Matt Coughlin, Assistant County Administrator 

Matthew Coughlin was selected to fill the vacant Assistant County Administrator position, starting on July 24, 2017. His duties include oversight of departments and their strategic plans, along with development of clear performance benchmarks to meet the commission’s objectives. Coughlin and Assistant County Administrator Amy Lovoy are the two most senior positions under County Administrator Jack Brown. He came to Escambia County from the Pensacola International Airport, where as Assistant Director Coughlin was responsible for the daily management of the Small Hub FAA part 139 certified airport, with a $26 million budget. Prior to his time with the city, he had a successful 24-year career as a Naval officer and aviator. His final tour was as Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s base commanding officer from 2011 to 2014. Read more

Mike Crittenden

August 2017 
Mike Crittenden, Mass Transit Director 

Mike Crittenden started as the county’s first Mass Transit Director in August. The newly-created internal position reports to the county administrator and is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Escambia County Area Transit System, or ECAT, and paratransit systems. Crittenden has over three decades of transportation experience in the public and private sectors in the areas of fleet operations, logistics, project management and transportation research. In his last position, Crittenden was employed with First Transit where he served in several roles over 17 years including regional director of operations for the Southeast and general manager of ECAT. Read more