Special Election to fill District 1 commission seat

Published on April 03, 2014 with No Comments

Santa Rosa County Commission District 1 will now be included in the 2014 Election Cycle, due to the recent retirement of District 1 Commissioner Jim Williamson, who passed away on April 2.

The person elected at the next General Election would serve the unexpired portion of the term which would be until 2016.

Williamson retired effective April 1 due to declining health issues and passed with his family by his side at his home in Pace.

The life-long Santa Rosa County native was first elected to the Santa Rosa County Board of Commission District 1 seat in 1996, he was re-elected without opposition in 2000. Williamson was once again elected by the citizens of Santa Rosa County in 2008 and 2012 to represent District 1. Williamson served as vice chairman of the board in 1997-1998 and 2010-2012 and chairman in 1998-1999 and 2011-2012.

Highly regarded and respected for his honesty, fiscal prudence and vision for the future of Santa Rosa County, a few of the many county accomplishments during his tenure include:

  • Fiscal accountability and working within the county budget so not to place an additional burden on residents or businesses
  • Streamlining the building permitting and inspection process, emphasizing customer service and using multidiscipline inspectors
  • The construction of county buildings that were fiscally conservative yet met the needs of the citizens including the county administration complex, jail, the emergency operation center, animal services, expansion of the public services complex and the addition of the engineering building
  • Enhancing recreational opportunities including:
    • Construction of the Spencerfield sidewalks
    • Collaborating with then District 3 Commissioner Bill Lundin to purchase property and construct the Santa Rosa Soccer/Horse Complex and the Santa Rosa Sportsplex
    • Construction of the Pace Community Center and playground in collaboration with current District 3 Commissioner Don Salter
    • Improvements at the Pace Area Recreation Association Football Park
    • Moving the PATA Tennis complex at Benny Russell Park closer to fruition
    • Archie Glover Park canal dredging & construction of fishing docks
    • Renovation of Benny Russell Park
    • Marine Science Center and Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center partnerships
    • Construction of the Navarre Beach Pier
  • Expansion and job creation at the Santa Rosa Industrial Park including the Blackwater River Correctional Facility, H.T. Hackney Distribution Center, Gulf Cable and Goldring Gulf Distributing Company.
  • Five Points intersection realignment
  • Safety improvements, hangar expansion and the addition of a second fixed based operator at Peter Prince Airport
  • The construction of a connector road between Home Depot and Santa Rosa Commons

After graduating from Milton High School in 1964 Williamson played four years of minor league baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

He then became a state certified electrical contractor and owned/operated his own business Williamson Electrical Company in 1976. He also served on the Milton City Council from 1977 to 1985.

Governor Rick Scott has been notified of Commissioner Williamson’s retirement. The governor has the authority to fill a vacancy of office until the next general election. The person elected would then serve for the remainder of the unexpired term, in this case 2016.

To qualify by petition, the deadline is noon May 19, 2014. The qualifying period is noon June 16, 2014 through noon June 20, 2014.

For more information, please call the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Office at (850) 983-1900 or visit www.votesantarosa.com.

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