New Crestview city council to be sworn in and seated April 1

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 07:35 PM.

Helt said it was an "honor and privilege" to serve with her outgoing colleagues. She also praised the nine candidates who ran for council seats.

"We're a city of roughly 22,000 people. We had a total of nine people who were willing to serve," she said. "That's a very small number of individuals who are willing to give of their time and take all of the burden of holding a public office on their shoulders."

The three outgoing council members promised to remain engaged with the community and their former colleagues.

"I will be part of the 10 percent that cares about this city to come to meetings and see what is going on," Baugh said, referencing the number of eligible voters who cast ballots in the March 12 municipal election.

"I look forward to the dynamic when we can become closer friends because we won't have Sunshine (Laws) to worry about," Iannucci said.

Before Iannucci could rap the gavel closing his last council meeting, Baugh asked if he could add one more comment. Turning to the audience, he paraphrased veteran TV reporter Walter Cronkite's famous closing line.

"And that's the way it was," Baugh said. "I always wanted to say that."

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