Three new faces were sworn into the Walton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday. The incoming Commissioners are hoping their new positions will be a "game changer" after a time of controversy.
Just ask and Commissioners Cindy Meadows, Bill Chapman, and Bill Imfeld will tell you they've worked tirelessly to get to this day and now they're ready to work, but first they took time to celebrate.
One by one, Meadows, Chapman, and Imfeld placed their hands on the bible and swore to serve the people of Walton County who elected them.
For Meadows, this day felt a little familiar, having served as County Commissioner from 2004 to 2008.
For newcomers, Imfeld and Chapman, this day was a long time coming.
All three have vowed to bring a level of transparency to the board that they feel was lacking from previous administrations.
In this week of Thanksgiving, they took time to reflect on what this day and this job means to them.
"Lots of challenges on the plate. Looking forward to working cooperatively with everyone and with the citizens to get the job done," said Imfeld.
"It's kinda like dejavu. I was driving up to the county this morning and I was thinking about all the people, all the things that we've done and all the things that we can do in the next four years. I'm very excited," added Meadows.
"I'm looking very forward to coming to work and going to work, and I'm looking to be able to work with all the commissioners here for the betterment of Walton County," said Chapman
They're joining veteran Commissioners Kenneth Pridgen and Sara Comander, who, Tuesday morning, were appointed Chair and Cice-Chair respectively. Their first meeting quickly blossomed into a discussion over the County Administrator selection process.
It's a touchy subject according to Meadows.
In May, then County Administrator Greg Kisela was terminated following his own voluntary resignation after just a year on the job.
Rumors have flown regarding his quick departure, but Tuesday, Meadows encouraged greater transparency in the selection process.
The board will now review all 48 applications in the highly sought after position before interviewing and selecting the role after the first of the year.
Meadows was outspoken during the meeting on a number of other topics. Prior to the meeting she outlined her plans for day one on the job.
"There are some things that I would like to discuss with the new commissioners that the former commissioners made decisions on at the last meeting. So, there are some things that I'd like to bring up and just discuss and get some clarification on those issues," said Meadows.
Additionally the hot topic of beach parking also bloomed, spearheaded by Meadows. She requested increased communication with residents before plans to rehab current beach parking lots move forward.