It was a year of new blood, and the saying farewell to two of the county’s longest serving civil servants.
In the case of Alan Pierce, it was a matter of watching the quiet transition from the county’s director of administrative services into coordinator of actions for the county's anticipated RESTORE funds.
Beginning in the late ‘80s, Pierce rose up the ranks from county planner, and for the past three decades has been the county’s most trusted expert on navigating the thicket of state and federal regulations. He was replaced by Michael Morón, who was given the title of county coordinator.
In the city of Apalachicola,
Betty Taylor-Webb served six mayors in 30 years, and over the summer, city officials and staff saluted her for her years of service.
In a luncheon in her honor 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. She was succeeded by Lee Mathes as 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.
An April 5, 2016 resolution passed by city commissioners 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.
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.
Following her retirement, she has opened up a private consulting practice. She signed a 10-month contract with the city, to complete a scope of work that includes the projects she was working on when she retired in April.