CRESTVIEW — Former Crestview City Councilman Charles Baugh Jr. has pre-filed to become Okaloosa County's circuit clerk and comptroller.
Baugh, a registered Republican and retired military member with 27 years' active duty, seeks to serve as the Board of County Commissioners' ex-officio clerk, auditor, recorder and custodian of all county funds.
Baugh served on the Crestview City Council from 2008-2013. In March 2012, he and fellow council members were fined for violating the state’s public meeting statutes for exchanging emails outside a public forum. First Judicial Circuit Judge Jim Ward found the infraction unintentional with no “ill will, malice or intent."
Baugh has served on the Florida League of Cities, Northwest Florida League of Cities, All Sports Association, Inc. of Northwest Florida, Okaloosa County League of Cities, Okaloosa-Walton Transportation Planning Organization, Northwest Florida Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee, Fort Walton Beach Republican Club, North Okaloosa Republican Club, African American Community Leaders Alliance of Okaloosa County, Okaloosa Citizens Alliance, Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club International and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
The county's primary election is Aug. 26.