Janice P. Gilley serves as the county administrator. As the chief administrative officer of the county, the county administrator is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Escambia County Board of Commissioners. It is the administrator's responsibility to implement the day-to-day operations of county government. The county's 18 departments work under the county administrator to provide services to the residents of Escambia County as directed by the policies, procedures and programs established by the commission. The county administrator is responsible for recommending an annual county operating and capital improvement budget to the board and coordinating the commissioners' meetings, agendas and workshops. In addition, this position must work closely to develop and cultivate resilient relationships with our state, federal, county, municipal, for profit and nonprofit community partners.
Before joining the county as county administrator, Gilley served as the associate vice president of external affairs for the president at the University of West Florida. There she oversaw the management of special projects and governmental relations and served as the liaison to the university’s board of trustees.
In addition to her professional experience at the University of West Florida, Gilley has served in the governor's office, held numerous positions with the Florida Legislature and was appointed to the Santa Rosa Island Authority. She previously served as an Escambia County Commissioner from May 2002 to November 2004, Escambia County School Board member in 1999 as well as a member and vice chair for the Three Rivers Conservation and Development Council from 1993 to 2007. Her volunteer services include working with the Pensacola Opera Board, American Cancer Society, Leukemia Society, Children's Home Society and Trinitas Christian School.
Janice earned her master's degree in public administration from the University of Florida and a bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations and communications from the University of Southern Mississippi.