Grippa and Winchester Depart Leon County Commission

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They may not have always abided by the "Pledge of Civility" posted right under the county chairman's seat. It's a reminder to be respectful to one another, even when they disagree, but that wasn't always the case.

The diverse group of personalities often clashed over issues including Fallschase and the recent health tax proposal, but the seven Leon County commissioners all agreed Tuesday night that together they've conquered some big issues for Leon County; joint dispatch, the Lake Jackson cleanup and property tax cuts to name a few.

Tony Grippa, outgoing District 4 Commissioner, said, "I think the biggest thing we accomplished together was the tax break for men and women serving in the Iraqi and Afghani conflict."

As the final night closed for Commissioner Tony Grippa, leaving his seat two years early for a job promotion, and Dan Winchester, choosing not to run for another term to focus more on his family, the commission actually got along.

Even District 5 Commissioner Bob Rackleff couldn't help himself, saying, "I have a confession to make. I like Tony Grippa!"

The comment resulting in a roar of laughter, considering the two often butted heads over issues.

Dan Winchester, outgoing District 3 Commissioner, addressed his fellow commissioners on the last night of his service to Leon County, despite it all telling them "I'll miss the family environment here, I'll miss the constituents phone calls."

Laughing, he added, "I won't miss some of the late night meetings."

Grippa and Winchester said they set out to make a difference in their community and now as they leave their seats, they say mission accomplished.

Winchester said, "I think the things I'll remember most are the people that are here in Leon County and serving them."

And Grippa added, "I'm going to miss serving as a Leon County Commissioner. I love this county, I love this area, I love serving my colleagues and I'm really going to be heartbroken to leave."

John Dailey will take over for Winchester and Bryan Desloge will take Grippa's seat. Both men will be officially sworn in next week.