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Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners

Annual Budget [$ in Millions]

$626.4 Million

Total Number of Employees

903

Elected Official Pay

$84,312

๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Who Can Vote Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners?

All registered voters in Okaloosa County vote for the candidate they want in all five districts, regardless of where they live in Okaloosa County.ย 

What Does The Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners Do?

The Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners plays a crucial role in the governance and administration of Okaloosa County. Their responsibilities encompass a wide range of duties aimed at ensuring the efficient functioning and well-being of the community.

The five elected Commissioners must live in the geographic area they represent on the Board of County Commissioners. Three County Commission Districts represent parts of Eglin Air Force Base, Niceville and Valparaiso.ย 

People who live on Eglin Air Force Base are represented by someone who lives in County Commission District 2 – which represents the eastern part of Greater Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island as well.ย 

Niceville west of State Route 285 and all of Valparaiso are represented by someone who lives in District Three, which also includes western Crestview and and parts of Fort Walton Beach.ย 

Finally, Bluewater Bay and eastern Niceville are in District 5, which also includes Destin.ย 

Okaloosa County Commissioner District Map

Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners Responsibilities

Ordinances and Resolutions: One of the paramount responsibilities of the Board is the adoption and ratification of ordinances and resolutions, a pivotal tool for enforcing county-wide actions. This empowers them to address the unique needs and challenges that may arise within the communities that constitute Okaloosa County. By doing so, they not only uphold the rule of law but also ensure a cohesive and uniform approach to governance.

County Budgets: Central to their role is the meticulous oversight of the county’s financial affairs. The board diligently adopts, reviews, and adjusts the annual county budget, authorizing expenditures that align with the county’s overarching goals.ย 

Appointment of Officials: In the pursuit of effective administration, the Board appoints key officials such as the county administrator and county attorney – all other county hires and staff appointments are made by the County Manager.

Appointment of Board Members:ย Each County Commissioner appoints one representative to each of the county’s internal boards – such as planning and zoning. For external appointments to other boards or commissions where the board is alloted a representative, the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners decides who will serve on what board.ย 

Guidelines for Departments: To achieve a comprehensive and cohesive approach to governance, the Board establishes policies and procedures for county departments. These guidelines are crafted to align with county goals, fostering a harmonious and coordinated effort towards the betterment of Okaloosa County. Through rigorous evaluation, the Board also reviews the effectiveness of county services and programs, particularly those related to development, building, emergency response, environmental protection, road maintenance, and park services.

Final Decisions on Committee Recommendations: Furthermore, the Board plays a pivotal role in the ratification, modification, or denial of actions proposed by commissions and boards advisory to the county. This oversight ensures that decisions align with the county’s vision and priorities.
In their commitment to community engagement, the Board represents Okaloosa County on various administrative and advisory boards, commissions, and associations at the local, regional, and state levels. This multifaceted involvement ensures that the county remains an active participant in initiatives that directly or indirectly impact its residents.

Levies Taxes: Finally, the Board holds the authority to set and authorize the levy and collection of county-wide property taxes, with specific exceptions for school board, water, and fire district millage rates. This financial autonomy allows them to make strategic decisions in funding essential services while being mindful of the fiscal well-being of residents.

Current Members of the Okaloosa County Commission

Next Election - 2024

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Paul Mixon (R | Crestview)

District 1 | Eastern Crestview and Laurel Hill

Paul Mixon is in his first term as the representative from District 1 on the Okaloosa County Commission. He is the pastor at Central Baptist Church and is a former Okaloosa Sheriff's Deputy.

Nathan Boyles County Commissioner

Nathan Boyles (R | Baker)

District 3 | Western Crestview, Western Niceville, Valparaiso and Parts of Fort Walton Beach

Nathan Boyles is finishing his third term as a county commissioner and has announced he won't seek re-election. He is a lawyer and business owner.

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Mel Ponder (R | Destin)

District 5 | Eastern Niceville and Destin

Mel Ponder is a former State Representative and Mayor of Destin. He holds an executive position with the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors and has a business ministry.

Next Election - 2026

Commissioner Carolyn Ketchel

Carolyn Ketchel (R | Shalimar)

District 2 | Eglin AFB, Shalimar, Eastern Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island

Carolyn Ketchel is in her third term as an Okaloosa County Commissioner. She is a licensed mental health counselor and hosted a show on Christian radio.

Okaloosa Commissioner Trey Goodwin

Trey Goodwin (R | Fort Walton Beach)

District 4 | Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther

Commissioner Trey Goodwin is in his third term on the Okaloosa County Commission. Goodwin is an attorney who operates his own practice in Fort Walton Beach. Goodwin is a Fort Walton Beach Native.

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