Quinn to remain county commission chairman in 2022

Gulf County commissioners unanimously voted at their Nov. 23 meeting to reappoint Chairman Sandy Quinn as the board’s leader in the upcoming calendar year. 

“It’s that time of year again… to select our leadership for the calendar year 2022,” said Commissioner for District 2 Ward McDaniel, opening the matter for discussion. “That’s our chair and vice chair.” 

“At this time, Mr. Chairman, if a motion is in order, I would like to make the motion that Commissioner Sandy Quinn, who represents District 4, remain as our chairman, and, as a vice chair, that commissioner Phil McCroan, who represents District 5, be the vice chair.” 

The motion was quickly seconded by Commissioner for District 3, Patrick Farrell. 

Quinn thanked McDaniel and the other commissioners for the motion. 

“I would like to say I really do appreciate these guys,” he said. “I’ve learned from you, Mr. McDaniel, when you were the chairman, and I’ve learned from all of you… Thank you, guys, for trusting me to help lead the board again for another year.” 

McCroan also expressed gratitude for his appointment, emphasizing that the chairman’s role requires a significant amount of extra work, and while he hopes to be chairman one day, he is thankful for Quinn’s willingness to take the position next year.  

While commissioners are elected to represent their districts by Gulf County citizens, leadership within the board is decided by its five members. Leadership appointments within the board last for one year. 

The new appointments will take effect on January 1. 

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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