Panama City Chief of Police, the Panama City Mayor, and the Superintendent of Bay District schools were among those in attendance at a Town Hall meeting Monday night in Glenwood.
Organizers called the meeting a "community conversation". During election time those running for office are often participating in forums and community meetings. But after elections, rarely does the public get to sit down with them one on one.
"So, we felt like we would give them a podium or a platform to say what's on their mind and what's going on in the community from their perspective," said Myron Hines, an organizer of the event. "Then allow questions from the audience to happen."
Members of the Glenwood community got to ask the panel of officials about issues of concern for them. Some talked about the presence of gangs in the area. Others, about handling violence within the schools.
Some even spoke of specific situations effecting them individually.
"I'm incredibly excited about what happened," said Hines. "It's always disappointing when the rooms not full, but the dialogue was great, the responses were great, and the questions were good."
Several contacts were made at the meeting. Superintendent Husfelt and Chief of Police Scott Ervin even gathered specific details of concerns from individuals with promises to follow up with them.