The Taylor County Commission vacancy has been filled.

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday appointed Steve Spradley to fill the empty District 3 seat created by the passing of Frank Russell, who died in February.

Spradley, 62, of Perry, previously served as the county’s Emergency Management Director.

At that post, Spradley worked closely with commissioners. According to the Taylor County website, his responsibilities included serving as the Local Coordinating Officer for the commission. Under its guidance, he led emergency response initiatives.

During his tenure as director, Spradley was awarded the designation of Florida Professional Emergency Manager by the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association. It “recognizes devoted experienced Emergency Managers who possess advanced and diverse knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform effectively within a comprehensive Emergency Management program,” according to the Taylor County website.

Spradley also spent 31 years in law enforcement between the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations of the Florida Department of Financial Services.

Spradley’s appointed term began Friday and will last through November 13. He joins District 1 Commissioner Malcolm Page, District 2 Commissioner Jim Moody, District 4 Commissioner Pam Feagle and District 5 Commissioner Thomas Demps.

Spradley’s District 3 encompasses Steinhatchee and areas immediately north.

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