Lincoln County Board hires new county administrator

Published 5:00 pm Friday, October 22, 2021

The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors has found a new county administrator in Daniel Calcote.

Calcote, senior staff accountant at King’s Daughters Medical Center, will step into the county role beginning Nov. 1, working alongside current administrator David Fields. Fields will retire from the position at the end of the calendar year after more than 24 years with the county. Calcote will then assume full responsibility on Jan. 1, 2022.

The role of the county administrator includes preparation of the county’s budget, overseeing maintenance and inventory of all county properties, supervising purchase and inventory control clerks, and insuring county funds are properly spent.

The county board advertised for resumes soon after Fields announced his retirement earlier this year and Calcote was selected after the review and interview process. He has been with KDMC working mainly with the clinics since June 2017. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ole Miss in accountancy.

Perhaps giving more weight to his resume than accountancy experience were Calcote’s prior jobs — 2.5 years as county administrator for Pike County and two years with the state auditor’s office.

“A big focus of mine is I want to make sure everything is clean, everything is transparent and above board,” Calcote said. “The biggest thing is the budget. I will develop a budget to be approved by the board’s vote, and help calculate a tax levy to fit within that budget.”

With his prior experience, Calcote said the main adjustment will be in learning the ins and outs of how things are being done in Lincoln County. Day-to-day operations will include the payroll, human resources, getting bills paid and making sure money is being deposited in the right accounts and goes where it needs to go, he said.

A native of Caseyville, Calcote attended and graduated from Loyd Star Attendance Center and lives in Brookhaven with his wife and two sons.

“This is my home. I want the public to know I work for the board and I’m going to do what they vote on and want to carry out, but I ultimately work for the people of Lincoln County,” Calcote said. “I want to make sure the taxpayers’ money is spent efficiently and take care of the people.”