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Valparaiso City Commission

Annual Budget [$ in Millions]

$10.64 Million

Total Number of Employees

99

Elected Official Pay

$1

๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Who Can Vote For Valparaiso City 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 Valparaiso City Commission 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 

Map of Valparaiso (In Red)

Valparaiso City Commissioners Responsibilities

The City of Valpraiso uses what is called the Galveston Plan of city government. In this system, commissioners are elected to serve on the city commission. This form of government involves electing commissioners based on their representation of the city as a whole rather than specific districts or wards. That means anyone can run for any commission seat. Commissioners are assigned portfolios by the mayor and include different departments, initiatives, or intergovernmental boards and committees.ย ย 

  • Citywide Representation: Commissioners in the Galveston model represent the entire city rather than specific geographic districts. This means they are elected to serve the interests of the entire community.
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  • Policy Development:Commissioners are responsible for participating in the development of city policies and ordinances. They engage in discussions, propose initiatives, and vote on matters that impact the entire city.
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  • Legislative Authority: Commissioners, collectively with the mayor, hold legislative authority in the city. They pass laws, approve the budget, determine tax rates, and set policies that govern the municipality.
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  • Community Advocacy: Elected commissioners serve as advocates for the community, representing the interests and concerns of residents. They engage with the public, address community issues, and work towards solutions that benefit the entire city.
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  • Public Engagement:Commissioners engage with the public by attending community meetings, forums, and events. They seek input from residents, listen to concerns, and keep the community informed about city initiatives.
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  • Committee Participation: Commissioners are assigned different committees to participate in to advocate for the residents of Valparaiso. Committees such as the regional water-sewer treatment plant, Okaloosa Gas District Board and regional transportation planning committee board are filled by elected commissioners or by appointed senior employees.ย 
  • City Manager Oversight:
    • Commissioners oversee the work of the city manager or administrator. While the city manager will beย  responsible for day-to-day administration, commissioners provide direction, set priorities, and evaluate the performance of the city manager.
  • Citywide Vision:
        • Commissioners contribute to the development of a citywide vision, working towards goals that enhance the overall well-being and quality of life for all residents.

Current Members of the Valparaiso City Commission

Next Election - 2026

Ed Crosby

Water and Sewer, Fire Department Commissioner

Ed Crosby served in the United States Military.

Brent Smith

Mayor, Police and Finance Commissioner

Mayor Brent Smith won election first in 2018 and re-election in 2022. He is a local contractor.

Tom Browning

Trash, Public Health, Cemetery Commissioner

Commissioner Tom Browning is a lifelong resident of Valparaiso.

Next Election - 2028

Kay Hamilton

Cable, Parks and Library Commissioner

Commissioner Kay Hamilton is a local general contractor and University of Texas - Austin graduate.

Chris Wasdin

Streets and Stormwater Commissioner

Commissioner Christine Wasdin is a retired Air Force Officer.

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