Hansen was appointed by the governor to fill the seat left vacant after the death of the late commissioner Frank Meeker in July.
Gregory Hansen took his seat at the Flagler County Commission the morning of Jan. 23 after taking the oath of office in an investiture ceremony administered by County Judge Melissa Moore Stens.
"I'm blessed and honored to be here," Hansen said after taking his seat behind the dais alongside the other four commissioners. "I'm excited and I'm humbled by the governor's faith in me, picking me to do this. I really look forward to serving Flagler County. And Linda and I have come up with a phrase, 'Celebrate Flagler,' and I think that's what we need to do. Celebrate our county and make it better." (Linda Hansen is Gregory Hansen's wife of 44 years.)
Hansen, 70, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to fill the County Commission District 2 seat left vacant after the death of commissioner Frank Meeker in July. Hansen's term runs from Jan. 13, 2017, to Nov. 20, 2018.
Hansen spent 27 years in the Navy and retired was a captain before becoming a government relations administrator in the Washington D.C. area, according to a county government news release. He received a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a masters in financial management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
"We just want to welcome Greg, and look forward to working," Commissioner Dave Sullivan said after Hansen took his seat. "We've got the full five commissioners now. That's the way we were supposed to be, and we've got a lot of good work we're going to be doing in the next year, as we celebrate our 100th anniversary. So I'm glad all we're all full-up now, again."
Hansen's appointment to the five-seat Board of County Commissioners means the board will no longer be in danger of having a split 2-2 vote.
“We are already bringing him up to speed, and he has jumped in with both feet," County Administrator Craig Coffey said in the news release."