Community Briefs July 4

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 01:19 PM.

Commissioners earn Certified County Commissioner designation

The Florida Association of Counties recently presented Walton County Commissioners Bill Chapman, District 1 and Bill Imfeld, District 3 with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following the Commissioner’s completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association. The commissioners received the designation with 40 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Orange County, Fla.

“This certification allows our citizen electorate to become experts in county government improving their communities,” said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley. “The 380 graduates of this program is a testament to the importance of this curriculum to Florida’s public servants and our counties”

David Michael Guerdan earns Master of Science

David Michael Guerdan of Santa Rosa Beach graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology during Commencement ceremonies held May 16 and 17 in the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building on campus. Guerdan earned a Master of Science degree in engineering management.

Founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Missouri S&T is a technological research university of 7,500 students and part of the four-campus University of Missouri System.

Local author wins National Indie Excellence Award

Local author and longtime DeFuniak Springs resident F. Diane Pickett recently won top prize in the Regional Fiction Category of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards for her first book.

President and CEO Ellen Reid said, “Never Isn’t Long Enough” truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.”

Pickett, founder of the Florida Chautauqua Center, is currently traveling through the Southern states for reading appearances and book signings.

William Jabbour named to Dean's List

William Jabbour of Santa Rosa Beach was named to the Dean's List at the University of Memphis for the spring 2014 semester:

The Dean's List is composed of students who have earned 12 or more hours in either the fall or spring semester with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for that semester.                       

United Way announces new finance director

United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties has announced Terri Duplantis as the organization’s new finance director. Duplantis succeeds Rhonda Glassburn, who retired in May after 20 years of devoted service and commitment to the United Way and our community.            

Ken Hinrichs, president/CEO, said, “We are very excited to welcome Terri to our team. Her 21-plus years in the banking industry and her knowledge of this community makes her a good choice for this position.”

“I am honored to be working in the nonprofit sector, and look forward to serving our community and being a part of United Way,” said Duplantis. 


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