She’s served six mayors in 30 years, and last week, city officials and staff saluted Betty Taylor-Webb for her years of service.
In a luncheon in her honor Aug. 3 at the community center, Webb was hugged and kissed, and mainly honored for her many contributions dating back to Oct. 1986, when she succeeded the retiring Dorothy Rolstad as city clerk. In 2002 she was named city administrator.
Since that time, she handled everything from the expansion of water and sewer services through a series of multimillion dollar infrastructure improvements, the transformation of the Mill Pond into the newly renovated Scipio Creek Marina, the construction of new police and fire stations, the renovation of the Holy Family Senior Center, the funding of Project Impact and much more.
“(Her) exemplary service to the public have without doubt played a critical role in the growth and deve3lopment of Apalachicola and towards the enhanced quality of life of its residents,” read a portion of the April 5, 2016 resolution passed by city commissioners.
The resolution noted that Webb “demonstrated an uncommon level of knowledge, commitment and creativity,” and cited her many hours of volunteering her services both as a volunteer firefighter as well as a helper with everything from the Independence Day celebration to the annual oyster cook-off.
In a post on Facebook, David Meyer, who handles the city’s IT needs, wrote that “If you live in Apalachicola, or are even visiting, the history, culture and preservation of our natural resources were largely influenced by Betty Webb. Betty transformed a small fishing village into a historical monument, and infused a vibrancy into our local economy. She had the foresight to amalgamate tourism and the seafood industries into an environment that visitors fall in love with and locals feel proud of their city.
“Betty Webb embodies the best of who we are,” he wrote.
A 1973 graduate of Carrabelle High School, Webb was born in Apalachicola, and lived in Franklin County all but about a half-dozen of her pre-school years. After being appointed during the term of former mayor Roger Newton, she served the late Jimmie Nichols and the late Bobby Howell, during their administrations, as well as during the terms of Alan Pierce, Sandy Howze and Van Johnson.
Married to husband Audy, she is mother to daughters Kristy Brashear, of Orlando, and Bobbi Jean Taylor, of Apalachicola, and grandmother to Quest, Emersyn, Jabara, and Javana,
Following her retirement, she has opened up a private consulting practice, with an office at the Van Johnson Municipal Complex. The city is in the process of approving a 10-month contract with her, to complete a scope of work that includes the projects she was working on when she retired in April.