When current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson finishes his term in mid-November, he will leave a few positions vacant.
During his time as commissioner, Williamson became an active member of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), a lobbying group composed of elected representatives from all the Florida counties.
Williamson was voted into the position of second vice president for FAC in June. FAC Director of External Affairs Cragin Mosteller explained that this appointment put Williamson on track to become the organization’s president in 2019.
“Each term is for a year. They start in June, and then it moves up each year until you become president,” she said.
But his progression to FAC president came to a halt in August. Williamson was defeated in his bid to retain the District 4 County Commission seat in the Aug. 28 election, which challenger Dave Piech won with more than 62 percent of the vote. Piech will take up the mantle in November.
“Williamson would only have been eligible for that advancement if he won the August election. What happens now is when he leaves office in November it will become vacant, and a new member will be elected,” Mosteller said.
When asked if it is common to elect a member to a leadership role just two months before he could be ineligible, she said elections are just part of FAC’s business.
“All of our leadership are all likely to face an election at some point,” she said.
Williamson will also be leaving a vacancy for his term with the National Association of Counties (NACo) Veterans and Military Service Committee. Members of NACo advocate for county-level needs and issues at the national level in Washington D.C.
“By our rules you can only serve in those roles as an elected official,” said NACo Communications Director Fred Wong.
Williamson’s selection for the Veterans and Military Service Committee was announced just 21 days before the election that would decide whether he would be able to fulfill the term of the appointment.
“It happens all the time. That is the nature of elected office,” Wong said.
Williamson was also serving on the Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee for NACo and will be stepping out of that role as well.
Wong pointed out that these positions are uncompensated roles that the commissioners volunteer to fill. He said a new appointee will be selected after Williamson becomes ineligible in November.
As seen in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press.
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