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County administrator transfers to new position with sheriff’s office

By James Phillips, The Community Journal

Robbie Dickerson, who had been the county administrator since 2018 for, has now transitioned to a new position at the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, according to the recent decision made by the Walker County Commission. 

The move aims to leverage Dickerson’s expertise in budget development and administration to support the sheriff’s office in these critical areas. Additionally, she will be entrusted with other responsibilities as assigned by the commission.

“I was more than happy to accommodate Robbie when she came and asked to be transferred to the sheriff’s office, and I appreciate the county commission for granting her request,” Sheriff Nick Smith said. “She knows the ins and outs of county government from purchasing to payroll to how money is moved around within each budget. She’ll definitely be an asset to our team, and I have no doubt she’ll help us continue to provide the best sheriff’s office we can to the people of Walker County.”

During the Nov. 6 meeting, County Attorney Richard Fikes proposed the motion to relocate Dickerson, emphasizing her valuable skills in monitoring budgets and her ability to perform various duties. To ensure a smooth transition, the commission will reassign the primary responsibilities of the county administrator to other qualified personnel. The motion came after an executive session. Dickerson did not comment on the change.

Expressing gratitude for Dickerson’s contributions, Chairman Steve Miller concluded the meeting by acknowledging her hard work and accomplishments. 

“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Miss Robbie for her outstanding service to the commission and her significant contributions over the years. We truly appreciate her dedication,” Miller stated.

Dickerson, a Jasper native, started her new a position at the WCSO on Nov. 7. 

In another personnel move, commissioners approved James Dockins to work as solid waste director for 120 days. That move was made because current solid waste director John Dunagan, who is taking a leave of absence while running for the District 1 commission seat. Dunagan told The Community Journal after the meeting that his leave would be without pay. 

James Phillips
James Phillips
James Phillips is a proud native of the Walker County community of Empire. He currently lives in Jasper with Andrea, his wife of 23 years, and his five children, Stone, Breeze, Daisy, Joy, and Zuzu. Phillips has won nearly 200 awards over his 26-year career in media. He has also been a statewide and regional speaker on the social media/digital media within the newspaper industry. Phillips hobbies include spending time with his family and owning Jasper-based New Era Wrestling.

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