Crestview City Council picks Douglas Capps to fill vacant Precinct 3 council seat

Tony Judnich
Northwest Florida Daily News

CRESTVIEW — Douglas Capps, a Crestview native and Air Force veteran, was appointed by the City Council on Tuesday to fill the council seat vacated by Harry LeBoeuf Jr., who is moving out of the area to be closer to family.

Douglas Capps has been appointed to the Crestview City Council.

The council voted 4-0 to appoint Capps, who was nominated by Councilwoman Cynthia Brown. He was chosen over 15-year Crestview resident and fellow Air Force veteran Kenneth Edwards, the only other applicant for the position.

Capps will be sworn in to office April 12 and will represent Precinct 3 north of U.S. Highway 90 until November 2022.

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Capps is a business analyst with a background in supply chain, logistics and consumer services. Until his appointment to the council, he had served since last year as chairman of the city Planning and Development Board after previously serving on the Citizen’s Board for Police Chief Interviews and the Board of Adjustment.

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At Tuesday’s special meeting, Capps, a married father of three, told the council he prioritizes God, country and family.

Continuing to grow the city’s reserve funds should help Crestview toward a possible lowering of the city’s millage rate, Capps said in response to a question from Mayor Pro Tem Shannon Hayes.

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In answer to a question from Brown, Capps said he would use social media and possibly occasional town hall meetings to help connect with city residents.

He later summarized that he would “bring an analytical and data-driven approach” to the Precinct 3 council position.

Each council member thanked Edwards for applying for the position and said both candidates were well qualified.

LeBoeuf was appointed in May 2019 to fill the vacated seat of Doug Faircloth. Faircloth stepped down from the board because of health concerns in April 2019 shortly before he passed away.

LeBoeuf served out the remainder of Faircloth’s unexpired term and resigned from the council last week because he and his wife are moving to Northeast Florida to be closer to their son.

Crestview City Councilman Harry LeBoeuf shares a laugh with Mayor JB Whitten as they reminisce about their service years at McGill Air Force Base during the mayor’s presentation of a certificate of appreciation upon the councilman’s departure.

Last November, voters in Crestview approved a referendum that changed the city’s election date. Instead of being held on the second Tuesday in March, the election now will be held in conjunction with the November general election beginning in November 2022.

That change extended the appointed term of LeBoeuf and the regular four-year terms of Hayes and Councilman Joe Blocker to November 2022.