The Leon County Commission also welcomed a newcomer and made some leadership changes. It was a packed house in the Leon County Commission Chambers Tuesday afternoon... as friends and family watched the results of months of campaigning.
This was particularly true for newcomer Akin Akinyemi who defeated incumbent Ed Depuy in a heated race for the At-Large seat.
Akinyemi says he has lots of goals but a few are at the top of his list.
"The environment, the economy - they go hand in hand in my opinion. They are related. We have to resolve them together," says Akinyemi. He also says he wants to make government more accessible for people.
Jane Sauls and Bryan Desloge were re-elected to their commission seats... without opposition.
And after years of serving as chairperson for the commission, Jane Sauls stepped down from the post.
"The past year has been an awesome year. We've had some really tough issues to deal with and we've dealt with them. We've made some good decisions but it's nice to turn the helm over to someone else," says Sauls.
After a quick and unanimous election among the commissioners, Bryan Desloge was elected the new chairperson of the commission.
He told the audience he looks forward to the challenges of the office but tough economic times lie ahead.
"My goal is that we don't burden the tax payer but it's going to need... there's going to be some changes. Services are going to have to suffer a little bit," explains Desloge.
Commissioners also voted Bob Rackleff as the new vice-chair of the commission.
Commissioners unveiled a new website called "Leon Listens" to collect citizen concerns.
You can find the new website at www.leonlistens.org. You can also go to the link below.
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