Gaskin, Fisher receive award recognizing decades of service as elected officials

Two Wewahitchka elected officials were recognized by the Florida League of Cities for their years of service this week.

Mayor Phillip Gaskin and City Commissioner Ralph Fisher were each presented with a John Land Years of Service Award from the organization at the city’s most reachen Board of City Commissioners’ meeting.

The award honors those who have served on a city’s board, either as commissioner or mayor, for 20 years or more. Fisher has served on Wewahithcka’ board for more than 20 years, and Gaskin has served as an elected official for the city for 28 years.

Gaskin, who was present at the meeting, was presented with a framed certificate that read “A resolution of the Florida League of Cities, Inc., honoring Phillip Gaskin for 25 years of elected service and presenting him with the John Land Years of Service Award in recognition of his unselfish commitment to municipal leadership and governance.”

Fisher was not present at the city’s meeting to collect his award, though City Clerk Rachel Jackson said she would ensure the award made it to him.

“I want to say on behalf of everybody, we appreciate everyone on the board,” Jackson said after the awards were presented. “You all are a great board to work with and are very supportive.”

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 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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