The Holley-Navarre Fire District is seeking candidates to fill the seat 4 fire commissioner position recently vacated by William Painter. Painter resigned for personal reasons in early October.
According to Florida Statute 191, the qualified candidate is a person who resides in the district and is eligible to vote in a general election with the local general-purpose government jurisdiction in which the district is located.
“If you live in Navarre or Holley and are qualified to vote in an election, you are qualified to serve as a commissioner for the fire district,” Fire Chief Ron Norton said. “While you don’t have to have fire service experience, this position is best served by someone with good business experience and a true desire to serve the community.”
Collectively, the board ensures that the district is operating according to its own policies and state statutes, and it oversees the position of Fire Chief. In addition, the board has budgetary oversight and it provides oversight for planning, future growth and the changing needs of the district. “They are our governing body,” Norton said.
Holley-Navarre Fire District is celebrating 50 years of service to the community. It began as an all-volunteer department in 1965, operating until 1980 using borrowed equipment and was funded solely by donations. In 1980, the Holley-Navarre Fire Protection District was created by Florida Special Act 80-603, later amended to 81-485. It established the fire district as an Independent Special Fire Control District. Today, HNFD is a full-time fire department will full-time fire coverage for the district.
The open seat will be filled by the board of commissioners and is an interim position until the general election is held in November 2016. At that time, the seat would be added to the ballot in the general election.