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SWFD Board of Fire Commissioners

Our Board of Fire Commissioners is an elected body of seven members who are charged with the business and affairs of the District. Fire Commissioners serve a term of four years. All Board meetings are held the second Monday of every month at Station 3/Headquarters.

SWFD Fire Board Chairperson - Maurice Gilbert

Seat 1

Term - 2012-2016


Following a formal education in Accounting, Business Administration and Law, Commissioner Gilbert spent 20 years in mortgage banking. In 1995, he became a licensed real estate professional in Florida and has managed and sold real estate since that time. In 1997, Commissioner Gilbert met a group of concerned citizens who recognized the need to improve South Walton's fire service which eventually led him to offer his services for the past 18 years to the community as a Fire Commissioner

"South Walton will continue to grow and as this occurs, fire protection and emergency medical services must keep pace and actually precede the growth to properly protect our citizen's lives as well as their property. We must stay ahead of the growth curve by proper planning in a fiscally responsible manner."

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Email Address: info@swfd.org



SWFD Fire Board Vice-Chairperson - Jack Abbit

Seat 3

Term - 2012-2016


Commissioner Abbit retired from the Boeing Company after 38 years in the aerospace industry. Since that time, he has been very active in our community through the Cultural Arts Association, the Philharmonic Society of Northwest Florida, Taylor Arts Center and the Sandestin Lions Club. Commissioner Abbit has also been a member of the Walton County Cultural Planning Committee and Chairman of the South Walton Centennial Planning Committee. Several Sandestin Lions Club members had previously served as Commissioners on the South Walton Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners and with their support and after attending numerous Fire Board meetings, Commissioner Abbit decided that South Walton Fire District was a good fit for him.

"Quality fire, rescue, transport and beach safety service in South Walton will continue to meet the needs and expectations of our citizens. As South Walton grows, it is incumbent on the District and its Commissioners to manage the business related costs and revenues to deliver these services at the lowest, reasonable cost to the taxpayers."

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Email Address: info@swfd.org



SWFD Fire Board Secretary/Treasurer - Charlotte Flynt

Seat 5

Term - 2012-2016


Commissioner Flynt was a Project Engineer for Donohoe Construction, Inc. and has been a Florida certified contractor since 1989. Commissioner Flynt has served on the Walton County Code Enforcement Board since 2002 and is a member of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, NWF Symphony Guild, and the West Florida Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

"After attending several Fire Board meetings, I realized I had skillsets that would be beneficial to the Fire Board. Serving as Fire Commissioner has been most rewarding and the "espirit de corps" on this Fire Board and within our firefighter family is second to none."

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Email Address: info@swfd.org



SWFD Fire Board Commissioner - Brian Christensen

Seat 4

Term - 2014-2018


Commissioner Christenson was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1991. Commissioner Christenson has a degree in Emergency Medical Services and has been involved in emergency services for 17 years. Commissioenr Christenson has been a Firefighter/Paramedic in Okaloosa County for 15 years.

"I have proudly served as a commissioner for the past 8 years and believe my job experience gives me a unique perspective as a Fire Commissioner. I consider South Walton Fire District to be one of the most progressive departments in this area. I believe SWFD can continue to provide excellent services while remaining one of the lowest taxing districts in the state. I envision SWFD continuing to grow with the community. It is a privilege to work alongside the men and women of SWFD."

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Email Address: info@swfd.org



SWFD Fire Board Commissioner - Thomas McGee

Seat 2

Term- 2014-2018


Commissioner McGee served on active duty and in the Army Reserve as a Military Police Officer, Military Intelligence Officer and a JAG Officer. Commissioner McGee opened a private law practice and became First Assistant District Attorney in Jefferson Parrish, Louisinna where he serrved for 24 years. Commissioner McGee has served on the Walton County Palnning Commission, TDC Beach Safety Committee, TDC Beach Activites Committee, South Walton Community Council, and Cultural Arts Alliance. Commissioner McGee is the co-founder and President of The Camel Club, Inc. and a member of the Adivsory Board of the Children's Advocacy Center of Walton County.

"My Dad was a firefighter all his working life and I have a lot of respect for the men and women who have chosen this profession. As our permanent population grows and visitors continue to come in record numbers, we must continue to attract the best firefighters, EMT's, and Paramedics. We must also expand our Beach Safety program."

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Email Address: info@swfd.org



SWFD Fire Board Commissioner - Mike Stange

Seat 6

Term - 2014-2018
Commissioner Stange has been in hospitality management for nearly 40 years and was President of Sandestin for 11 years. Currently, he is the Chief Operating Officer of the Resort Collection in Panama City Beach, Florida. Commissioner Stange was asked to fill an interim position on the Fire Board and subsequently spent the last 14 years serving as a Fire Commissioner.

"My vision for the South Walton Fire District's future is to insure that it continues to deliver the finest quality fire protection and emergency medical services while growing responsibly with the South Walton County."

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Email Address: info@swfd.org



SWFD Fire Board Commissioner - Tom Cooper

Seat 7

Term - 2015-2016


Commissioner Cooper has a strong background in law enforcement, community association management and security. A resident of Walton County since 1987, he has been active with the SWFD as a Commissioner in the past. Serving on the Fire Board from 2000 - 2006 and reinstated to fill a vacancy in June 2015. His biggest reason is to give back to the community where he lives.

"My vision for the future of the Fire District is that South Walton is again on the cusps of more economic growth, particularly on the east end of the District. My vision is to do my part to achieve financial stability and ensure responsible operational growth. To provide a working environment that remains healthy for the men and women who serve us so proudly, is imperative. I envision working collaboratively with the community and its leaders to make South Walton Fire District and its team the premier Fire Service in the County, State and Country."


Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Email Address: info@swfd.org





SWFD Board of Fire Commissioner meetings and agendas



Board Of Fire Commissioners
Meeting Schedule

All regular meetings are held at:
SWFD Headquarters
911 N. County Highway 393
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459


NOTE: Persons who wish to be placed on the agenda must contact the Administrative Assistant within two (2) days of any meeting, stating the name of the person who will be speaking and the subject to be addressed.


If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the South Walton Fire District's Board of Fire Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he will need a record of the proceedings and that for such purpose he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.




Click each date to see Agenda and Minutes
(** indicates meetings that are completed)

Current Year


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Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Monday, October 9, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, May 8, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, January 9, 2017 @ 4:00 PM



2016
**Monday, December 12, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, October 10, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
**Tuesday, September 27, 2016 @ 5:01 PM
**Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 5:01 PM
**Monday, September 12, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, August 8, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, July 18, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, June 13, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, May 9, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, April 11, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, February 8, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, January 11, 2016 @ 4:00 PM



2015
**Monday, December 14, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, November 9, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, September 28, 2015 @ 5:15 PM
**Monday, September 28, 2015 @ 5:01 PM
**Thursday, September 17, 2015 @ 5:01 PM
**Monday, September 14, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 3:45 PM
**Monday, June 8, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, May 11, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, March 9, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, February 9, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, January 26, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, January 12, 2015 @ 4:00 PM



2014
**Monday, December 8, 2014 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, November 10, 2014 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, October 13, 2014 @ 4:00 PM
**Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 5:01 PM
**Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 5:01 PM
**Monday, September 8, 2014 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, August 11, 2014 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, June 9, 2014 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, May 12, 2014 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, March 10, 2014 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 4:00 PM



2013
**Monday, March 6, 2006 @ 4:00 PM
**Monday, February 6, 2006 @ 4:00 PM