Deputy Administrator for Administration


Dede Brooks Hinote is a 1987 Walton County graduate and has served the County for the past 28 years, first working for the Clerk of Courts for 8 years, then the Board of County Commissioners for the past 20 years. She was appointed as Deputy County Administrator for Administration in September 2013. Previously, Dede served as Assistant Interim County Administrator from May 2012 until she took her current position. Prior to serving as Assistant County Administrator, Dede served as the Administrative Services Coordinator as well as a variety of other Board appointed duties. Dede has successfully completed numerous training and educational courses throughout her career with Walton County.

Her duties with Walton County include supervision of County Staff and Departments along with the County Administrator and carries out the directives and initiatives of the Board of County Commissioners. She coordinates the management of the Municipal Services Benefit Units (MSBU's) and Community Development Districts (CDD's). She also manages the Discretionary Funding Agencies such as: ARC of Walton County, Guardian Ad Litem, Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties; Chautauqua Offices of Psychotherapy and Evaluation (COPE), Baker Act Services, Walton County Citizens Advisory Council on Aging, Northwest Florida Comprehensive Services for Children d/b/a 90 Works, Judge Ben Gordon, Jr. Family Visitation Center, Tri-County Community Council, Walton County Economic Development Alliance, Life Enrichment Senior Center, Walton County Department of Health and satellite clinics in Santa Rosa Beach, Paxton and Mossy Head. Dede serves as staff liaison on various volunteer boards such as the Affordable Housing Committee, Local Restore Committee and Local TRIUMPH Committee.

She is responsible for preparing the Board's Meeting Agenda, other documents for the BCC Meetings and Public Notices. Dede coordinates the Board's Federal and State Funding Priorities, Goals and Objectives and prepares the BCC and Administration's annual budgets.

Dede is dedicated and takes great pride in serving all the citizens and visitors of Walton County.

Walton County Administration
76 North 6th Street
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
(850) 892-8155


Dede Hinote - Deputy County Administrator