Leann Pennington and Greg Hansen gave their oaths to County Judge Melissa Distler. Hansen and Commissioner Andy Dance were elected chair and vice-chair, respectively.
Leann Pennington was sworn in as the new Flagler County Commissioner for District 4 at 4 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 22.
The Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting in the board’s chambers to have Pennington and Commissioner Greg Hansen — who won reelection for his District 2 seat — swear their oaths. After, the board elected a new chair and vice-chair.
Hansen, who has served as vice-chair since November 2021, was the only nominee for chair and was unanimously elected to the position. Commissioner Andy Dance, likewise, was the only nominee and unanimously elected vice-chair.
County Judge Melissa Distler swore in Pennington and Hansen individually, and a reception was held after the chair and vice-chair elections.
For future meetings, Hansen said the county needs to address its water problem; the beach and shoreline issues need solutions, he said, as well as the flooding problems from the intracoastal. Hansen also said he is concerned about building up the reserve funds, but his first priority is spending the taxpayer’s money wisely.
“The most important thing we do is spend the taxpayer’s money and do it smart, be very smart about it,” Hansen said. “And I think that's our number one task and it's number one in my mind all the time.”
Pennington said she understands there is a learning curve she needs to get caught up on but is eager to tackle issues like bringing broadband to the west of the county. She hopes to help open a better dialogue between the commission and residents.
“I am looking forward to good dialogue, being friendly with one another but working through the issues and hopefully we can start doing some workshops,” Pennington said.
Pennington thanked her fellow commissioners for their warm welcome, as well as all the supporters and family who came to the ceremony. It took a lot of work to get here, she said.
“It just feels really right and good,” she said.