Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Carolyn Ketchel has been appointed to the Vice-Chair position for the Florida Association of Counties’ Finance, Tax and Administration Committee, as well as a 2017 Presidential Advocate.

According to the FAC, the title of Presidential Advocate is awarded to those “county commissioners who have shown exceptional leadership in partnering with the FAC during the 2017 session to advance the legislate agenda.”

A statement from the FAC said, “Chairman Ketchel's willingness to advocate for counties was not only essential to the success of FAC’s legislative efforts, but it was also of great service to the citizens of Okaloosa County. The commissioner’s advocacy was invaluable in helping ensure that local governments are provided the flexibility and tools they need to meet the needs of Florida’s citizens.”

Devin Suggs, the director of Public Policy for the FAC, says, “We are honored to recognize [Chairman Ketchel] for your strong commitment to address important local government issues during the 2017 Legislative Session. Your dedication to improve and maintain a high quality of life for all Floridians and to strengthen public policy is especially appreciated.”

Ketchel was recognized publicly at the Florida Association of County’s Annual Conference and Educational Exposition’s Awards Luncheon in Palm Beach, Florida.

Ketchel also received certification from the FAC as a Certified County Commissioner. The award recognizes her completion of voluntary education programs specializing in training for Florida county commissioners.