Board of Fire Commissioners

Meet Your Elected Officials

Our Board of Fire Commissioners is an elected body of seven members who are charged with the business and affairs of the District. Fire Commissioners serve a term of four years. All Board meetings are held the second Monday of every month at Station 3/Headquarters.

Maurice Gilbert

Maurice Gilbert

SWFD Fire Board Chairperson  /  Board Seat 1  /  Term - 2016 - 2020

With a formal education in Accounting, Business Administration and Law, Commissioner Gilbert spent over 20 years in mortgage banking. In 1995, he moved fulltime to South Walton and became a Real Estate Broker.  Seeing the need for improvement in fire and emergency medical services in South Walton, he became a Fire Commissioner in 1997. 

South Walton will continue to grow and as this occurs, fire protection and emergency medical services must keep pace and actually precede the growth to properly protect our citizen's lives as well as their property. We must stay ahead of the growth curve by proper planning in a fiscally responsible manner.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Jack Abbit

Jack Abbit

SWFD Fire Board Vice-Chairperson  /  Board Seat 3  /  Term - 2016 - 2020

Commissioner Abbit retired from the Boeing Company after 38 years in the aerospace industry. Since that time, he has been very active in our community through the Cultural Arts Association, the Philharmonic Society of Northwest Florida, Taylor Arts Center and the Sandestin Lions Club. Commissioner Abbit has also been a member of the Walton County Cultural Planning Committee and Chairman of the South Walton Centennial Planning Committee. Several Sandestin Lions Club members had previously served as Commissioners on the South Walton Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners and with their support and after attending numerous Fire Board meetings, Commissioner Abbit decided that South Walton Fire District was a good fit for him.

Quality fire, rescue, transport and beach safety service in South Walton will continue to meet the needs and expectations of our citizens. As South Walton grows, it is incumbent on the District and its Commissioners to manage the business related costs and revenues to deliver these services at the lowest, reasonable cost to the taxpayers.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Charlotte Flynt

Charlotte Flynt

SWFD Fire Board Secretary - Treasurer  /  Board Seat 5  /  Term - 2016 - 2020

Commissioner Flynt was a Project Engineer for Donohoe Construction, Inc. and has been a Florida certified contractor since 1989. Commissioner Flynt has served on the Walton County Code Enforcement Board since 2002 and is a member of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, NWF Symphony Guild, and the West Florida Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

After attending several Fire Board meetings, I realized I had skillsets that would be beneficial to the Fire Board. Serving as Fire Commissioner has been most rewarding and the "espirit de corps" on this Fire Board and within our firefighter family is second to none.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Brian Christenson

Brian Christenson

SWFD Fire Board Commissioner  /  Board Seat 4  /  Term - 2018-2022

Commissioner Christenson was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1991. Commissioner Christenson has a degree in Emergency Medical Services and has been involved in emergency services since 1997. Commissioner Christenson has been a Firefighter/Paramedic in Okaloosa County since 2000.    

I have proudly served as a commissioner for the past 8 years and believe my job experience gives me a unique perspective as a Fire Commissioner. I consider South Walton Fire District to be one of the most progressive departments in this area. I believe SWFD can continue to provide excellent services while remaining one of the lowest taxing districts in the state. I envision SWFD continuing to grow with the community. It is a privilege to work alongside the men and women of SWFD.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Mark Foley

Mark Foley

SWFD Fire Board Commissioner  /  Board Seat 2  /  Term - 2018-2022

Commissioner Foley has spent 23 years in the U.S. Air Force as an active-duty pilot and continues to serve today in the Reserve. He is the founder and CEO of several businesses aligned with the aerospace/defense industry, and is a technology entrepreneur with autonomous systems and unmanned aerial vehicle innovations. Commissioner Foley has also served as a legislative assistant and senior advisor in the U.S. Senate, and is a government relations professional, consultant, and teacher.

“It is an honor to be associated with the incredible men and women of the South Walton Fire District. Our firefighters exemplify a ‘service before self’ attitude, and I will work tirelessly to ensure they are fully organized, trained, and equipped to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of the citizens they serve.”

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Mike Stange

Mike Stange

SWFD Fire Board Commissioner  /  Board Seat 6  /  Term - 2018-2022

Commissioner Stange has been in hospitality management for nearly 40 years. Currently, he is the Chief Operating Officer of the Resort Collection in Panama City Beach, Florida and previously, the President of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort for 11 years. Commissioner Stange has served as a Commissioner on the Fire Board since 2000.

My vision for the South Walton Fire District's future is to insure that it continues to deliver the finest quality fire protection and emergency medical services while growing responsibly with the South Walton County.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper

SWFD Fire Board Commissioner  /  Board Seat 7  /  Term - 2016-2020

Commissioner Cooper has a strong background in law enforcement, community association management and security. A resident of Walton County since 1987, he has been active with the SWFD as a Commissioner in the past. Serving on the Fire Board from 2000 - 2006 and reinstated to fill a vacancy in June 2015. His biggest reason is to give back to the community where he lives.   

My vision for the future of the Fire District is that South Walton is again on the cusps of more economic growth, particularly on the east end of the District. My vision is to do my part to achieve financial stability and ensure responsible operational growth.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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