The Escambia County Commission saw one new commissioner sworn-in, one returning commissioner sworn-in, and a new chairman take the gavel at a ceremony right before Thanksgiving. Newly elected County Commission District Four Commissioner Robert Bender took the oath of office with his family at his side. Re-elected District Two Commissioner Doug Underhill also took his oath of office and District Three Commissioner Lumon May was installed as Chairman of the County Commission for 2018-19.
Commissioners Underhill and Bender provided remarks that acknowledged that Escambia County has issues and challenges, but are optimistic that the board is well positioned to addressing those concerns. Both commissioners thanked their families. friends, and supporters for helping to get them elected. Outgoing Commission Chairman Jeff Bergosh was acknowledged with a plaque for his service as chairman for the past year.
Chairman May stated that he appreciated the fact that despite a tense political environment, the board is able to work together in a positive fashion to accomplish their goals. Mat also presented outgoing District Four Commissioner Grover Robinson a plaque in recognition of his twelve years of service on the commission. District Four Commissioner Robert Bender is vice-chairman.
The current Escambia County Commission members are:
District 1: Jeff Bergosh
District 2: Doug Underhill
District 3: Lumon May, Chairman
District 4: Robert Bender, Vice-Chairman
District 5: Steven Barry