A talk with Milton City Councilwoman Sharon Holley

Published on January 30, 2017 with No Comments

Holley at her swearing in ceremony with her family.

Sitting down to discuss her thoughts last November after her swearing-in ceremony, Sharon Holley shared both her commitment and vision with MiltonLocal.com.

Holley, who replaced the late Lloyd Hinote after his passing in October, 2016,  worked for the city as an employee for two decades as the city’s senior code enforcement officer and zoning assistant before taking her retirement.

She said she felt she should “toss her hat in” for an opportunity to serve the city once again, believing she would be a good fit for the council.

This community has much to offer and I’m willing to help.

“It’s a privilege to continue Lloyd Hinote’s legacy. I’d known him for many years. He was a respected man in the community,” she said. 

As to why she decided to apply for the appointment, she said, “I’ve made the commitment to serve the residents and business owners within the city based on my continued concerns for the health, safety and welfare of all,” said Holley.

Holley was born and reared in the boot hill of Missouri. She said she moved to Santa Rosa County at 15 years old. A Milton High School alumni, she said she has great pride in the county and city and wants to do all she can to help it flourish. She believes economic development is important throughout the city.

“The city is in need of more retail businesses to meet the demands today as well as tomorrow. I want to support the economic development plan and move forward. The city has in place one of the best incentive plans for new retail around,” said Holley. She said the city’s growth over the past 20 years is significant and doesn’t need to be overlooked. “This community has much to offer and I’m willing to help,” she said.

Milton City Council 2016 Left to right: Patsy Lunsford, Alan Lowery, Sharon Holley, Mayor Wesley Meiss, Casey Powell, Jeff Snow and Mary Ellen Johnson

A patriot at heart, she said her love for the military is due to her husband and sons’ service to their country. “My husband served two tours in Vietnam with the Army and both sons have served as well, one in the Army and one in the Navy. My grandson is a U. S. Naval Sea Cadet in the Pensacola unit.”  Holley continues, “Because of this attachment and just common sense, I understand the importance of our relationship with Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF). NASWF is a big part of our community. It’s economic growth supports our city and other local communities.”


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