CRESTVIEW — New Crestview Mayor J.B. Whitten held a town hall meeting Friday night to share his outlook for the city's future.

“I see a new view for Crestview,” said Whitten. “I say that because so many things are happening in our city that gives us the opportunity to have a new view for what we do in Crestview.”

Whitten said the changes stem from the change to a city council- and city manager-led government.

“That has changed the whole way we do things,” said Whitten. “We had a charter that was set up for five or six, maybe 7,000 people. We’re now over 25,000 people.

“It’s time for a change and I appreciate the support we got from all of you in making that change."

Some of the changes that will be made include the way the city clerk position is decided. Starting in 2021, when city clerk Betsy Roy’s term is over, the city council will appoint someone to replace her.

“Because I was a councilman when we helped develop the charter, I know what the role is of the mayor,” said Whitten. “The city manager really runs the city on a day-to-day basis. The city mayor works along with them and I know that role and I will be able to work really well with the new city manager.

“I will be able to work very well with the city council because I’ve worked with them for the last four years,” he added.

Whitten also introduced the new members of the city council, Andrew Rencich and Cynthia Brown.

“He’s going to bring a perspective to the city council that we need,” Whitten said of Rencich.

“To have a councilwoman back on City Council, I’m happy we’re having you on the council,” Whitten said of Brown.

Whitten also said there will be a third new councilman. Former councilman Doug Faircloth resigned from the position a few days ago. The new member, who must be a citizen of Crestview living within city limits north of State Road 90, will be selected by the new council.

“You notice that I didn’t give you any specific detail on what I’m going to do,” said Whitten. “What we’re going to do in May, we’re going to have strategic planning for Crestview.”

The city clerk, the city council members and the city department heads will join the mayor and city manager to discuss their vision for Crestview and how they will achieve it.

“What I want to do has to blend in with what everybody in the city wants to do, that’s the only way you’re going to have teamwork,” said Whitten.