Dan Biles takes Pasco County administrator post

Last Updated: Friday, March 17, 2017, 1:27 PM EDT

Pasco County has selected a new government leader.

This week, commissioners met with five candidates for the county administrator position that's opening up. Dan Biles from Alabama was the clear front-runner.

Biles signed the $220,000 salary offer Wednesday night. He expects to begin his role around May 1.

Biles is currently the deputy county manager for infrastructure in Jefferson County. He also has 24 years of military experience.

"Personally, one of the first things I want to do when I get there is sit down with people, listen and hear what they have to say about the county and the way it's being run," Biles said Friday. "Both in the community and in the various levels of employees, and try to really get a feel for where things are good and areas I need to focus some of my time."

Biles will replace current county administrator Michelle Baker, who did not seek a contract extension.