Community in shock from news of arrest

Lane Rees

Lane Rees's mug shot.

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM.

 Tuesday morning, the South Walton community and beyond reeled in shock from news of high-profile community leader Lane Rees's arrest Monday evening on child pornography charges.

Rees and his wife, Brenda, have been actively involved in the community since moving here in the late 1990s.

Lane worked as a human resources advisor for Atlantic Richfield for 20 years in Houston, Dallas, and Anchorage before moving here and founding Human Resource Solutions Inc., a management consulting company providing human resource expertise for progressive organizations. He consulted for various Walton County organizations for more than 10 years.

In 2000, Rees was elected as a Walton County Commissioner, a position he held for four years, serving as chair in 2001/2002. He was defeated by Scott Brannon.

In 2002, Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Rees to the Florida Medical Examiner Commission.  In 2008, he was elected without opposition to the county’s Republican state committee and still serves in that capacity. At that time, Brenda was elected as the county’s state committeewoman.

Considering Rees's position as State Committeeman in the Republican Party, Walton County Republican Party Chairman Jim Anders said on Wednesday that until Rees is convicted of a felony or resigns his position, he has no recourse to remove him.

As of Wednesday morning, Anders had not talked to Lane, but said he had talked to Brenda, who was in Dallas at the time of the arrest and now on her way home.

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