Thursday, Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge was installed to serve as President of the Florida Association of Counties. Desloge was sworn in at a special ceremony held at the annual FAC Board of Directors Retreat held this year in Bay County.
“Home rule – starts at home,” said FAC President Bryan Desloge, “It is our citizens that are at the heart of our communities and we must increase civic engagement and volunteerism in public service. Stopping Tallahassee mandates and preemptions must come from our entire communities and not just our county commissions.”
Normally sworn in during the FAC Annual Conference, President Desloge assumed the position nine months early due to the resignation of Commissioner Bill Williams. Commissioner Desloge will oversee the Association directing policy, advocacy, and the administration of the Florida Association of Counties.
“Commissioner Desloge 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.”
With Commissioner Desloge now assuming the presidency, other members of the Executive Committee advanced in position, with: Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch becoming President-Elect, Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson becoming 1st Vice President and Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith serving as Immediate Past President.
FAC will hold elections for the office of 2nd Vice President on Friday, November 30th during the FAC Legislative Conference in Sarasota County. Commissioner Desloge will hold this position until June 2014.
The Association is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of one county commissioner from each state senate district (40); five executive officers; six county commissioners appointed at-large with no more than three of the six from counties with population of 75,000 or more; and the past presidents of the FAC.
Founded in 1929, the Florida Association of Counties is a non-profit association representing the diverse interests of Florida’s 67 counties. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.