Escambia County Commissioner named new FAC president

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Grover Robinson is the new leader of an association representing the interests of Florida’s 65 counties.

Robinson, who serves as Commissioner of Escambia County, was sworn in this week as President of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) during a luncheon at the 2014 FAC Annual Conference and Educational Exposition in Orlando.

“Counties are the backbone of this great state,” Robinson said. “Every Floridian lives and works in a county and we are here each and every day to keep them safe, their commute smooth and give them a quality of life that others wish for.”

Robinson’s role will be to direct FAC policy, advocacy, and administration as the group speaks for the state’s diverse group of county governments to the state government and agencies.

“Commissioner Robinson is committed to his constituents and the importance of keeping services local,” said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley, “His perseverance in standing up for home rule – the idea that government closest to the people governs best – will ensure that our members are well represented.”

As Robinson assumes the presidency, each member of the Executive Committee also moves up a spot: Nassau County Commissioner Barry Holloway becomes President-Elect, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief is First Vice President and Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge will serve as Immediate Past President.  Kathy Bryant, who acts as Marion County Commissioner, also ran unopposed for the position of Second Vice President.

Founded in 1929, the non-profit FAC is administrated by a Board of Directors comprised of one county commissioner from each state senate district (40); 5 executive officers; 6 county commissioners, each appointed at-large with no more than three of the six coming from counties with population of 75,000 or more.

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