The County Administrator is the highest ranking non-elected official of the County and as the Board is responsible and accountable to the citizens, so is the County Administrator. The County Administrator’s Office consists of the County Administrator and executive administrative support staff. The County Administrator acts as the chief administrative officer of Hendry County government. The position is appointed by and reports directly to the Board of County Commissioners, who may require policy analysis, evaluation, and recommendations to fulfill their duty in governing the County.
The County Administrator provides services to both internal and external customers. The primary internal customers of the office include County staff who seek policy and operational advisement, guidance, and direction. The primary purpose of the County Administrator’s Office is to facilitate the delivery of public services consistent with the priorities, initiatives, and other policies of the Board of County Commissioners. The County Administrator provides leadership and direction to County employees in the implementation of programs designed to provide for the health, safety, and overall welfare of the public. Actions through this office are developed from Board of County Commissioners policy direction to manage the operation of County functions to ensure the delivery of cost effective, customer-responsive public services within the relative parameters of available resources.
There are a myriad of environmental factors that affect the work of the County Administrator. These factors address a number of issues that shape the framework in which the County Administrator must implement policy. The acknowledgement of these factors is reflected in the formulation of “Management Initiatives.” Some of these include topic areas such as revenue enhancement and financial planning, employee compensation and staffing, facilities management, information technology, vehicle and equipment maintenance, and other general government issues. Beyond local environmental factors, the County Administrator must also consider and facilitate the implementation of policy that is sensitive to regional, statewide, and national issues.
The major challenges faced by the County Administrator are ongoing and endless in scope as the County progresses towards becoming a “High Performance Organization.” The major laws that govern and guide the work of the County Administrator’s Office can be found in the Florida Constitution, The Laws of Florida, and the Florida Statutes Chapter 125, as well as, the Hendry County Code of Ordinances.
County Administrator's Profile
Charles T. Chapman IV
Born in Oxford, Mississippi, Charles Chapman is the eldest son in a second generation of minister’s family. Charles often states, “My dad and my granddad were evangelical Christian clerics; I chose public administration as my form of outreach and service.” While in Mississippi, Charles was educated using a home school curriculum from kindergarten to ninth grade. Moving to Florida at 15, Charles graduated from Crestview Public High School, Crestview, Florida.
Charles later earned his Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science degrees from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
In 2005, Charles accepted a mid level management position in Gadsden County, Florida as the Parks and Recreation Coordinator.
In 2006, Charles was selected to Chair the College and University Relations Committee for the Florida Recreation and Parks Association Board of Directors.
In 2007, Charles was promoted to the Assistant to the Gadsden County Manager position.
In 2009, Charles was given oversight of five county departments, including parks, information technology, solid waste, animal control, and public relations. Also in 2009, Charles was awarded an Emerging Professional Award from the Florida City/County Manager’s Association; awarded a Star Performer Award for Gadsden County; and appointed to the Florida Rural Broadband Alliance’s Board of Governors.
In December 2010, Charles was confirmed as Gadsden County’s Public Works Department Director.
Charles is credited with increasing production and employee satisfaction in his respective areas, while reducing costs up to 15% from 2009 to 2012. Charles is also credited with seeking and receiving either personally or through partnership over $30 million in State and Federal grant funds for a variety of projects including parks, road widening and broadband internet infrastructure.
In May of 2013, Charles joined Hendry County Government as the County Administrator shortly after graduating from the 30th Class of Leadership Tallahassee.
Charles is often quoted saying his commitment to public service runs deep, and he enjoys the fact that he is able to make a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis and give back to the communities that give him so much.
Charles is married to Karyn and they have three children; Tyler, Addison and Caleb.
Contact Charles or his assistant Mydajah Williams
Charles T. Chapman IV
Hendry County Government
PO Box 2340
LaBelle, Florida 33975-2340