Apalachicola leaders honored for service

Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 14:21 PM.

Following the reading of the resolution, Elliott said it has been “a privilege and an honor to serve. My ancestors go back a ways in this town.”

The longtime city commissioner, whose tenure was interrupted several times over the years by service aboard with the Army National Guard, said “the group I have right now is one of the best I’ve ever had. Everybody is just a good team.”

Elliott’s colleague on the city commission, Mitchell Bartley, said “I’ve enjoyed the three terms, going on four, I’ve been with you. I hope you serve another 30 years.”

Elliott reflected that “I think I’ve been through about every situation.” He recalled that after his first election, he was asked on his mail route why it was he had won, and he replied that “it was God’s will and the voice of the people.

“I’ve always said that, as to what my decisions were, I’ve always considered what God would want me to do,” he said. “I’ve had relatives mad at me and friends mad at me. I always do what I think is right for everybody. That’s the way I’ve always been and I hope that’s the way I’ve always stayed.’

He said that as members of the city commission “we don’t always agree on stuff. That’s what government is all about. I think this commission has done pretty well. It is a great small town to live in and I’ve always been proud of it.”

Elliott reflected on a recent three-week trip he has taken to the Philippines, during which time he had met city commissioners, a vice mayor, and police and fire chiefs.

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