Rex Buzzett, left, Eric Langston, center, and Steve Kerigan were elected to terms in city government last month. [ Wendy Weitzel | The Star ]
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Buzzett, Langston, Kerigan sworn in for new term

Port St. Joe Mayor Rex Buzzett and commissioners Eric Langston and Steve Kerigan were sworn in for their new terms as elected city officials Tuesday in the city’s commission chambers.

Friends and family gathered to congratulate the men, who were elected to their offices last month.

This will be Buzzett’s third term as the city’s mayor, after having spent a decade as a city commissioner prior to that.

It will be Langston’s third term as the city commissioner from Group 1.

This will be Kerigan’s first term as a city commissioner, taking the vacant Group 2 seat left by David Ashbrook, who did not seek reelection this year.

All three took the oath of office, administered by County Judge Tim McFarland, in front of an audience of about 25 members of the public. Their terms will last for a little more than two years, as city election dates were changed from May to November by a referendum measure approved by voters last month.

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.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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