City of Palm Bay Swears In New Council Members

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Holton, Bailey sworn in as Councilman

NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS SWORN IN

Palm Bay Mayor William Capote, center, welcomes the newest members of the Palm Bay City Council who were sworn-in Tuesday evening. City Attorney Andrew Lannon administered the oath of office for incoming Councilman Tres Holton, far right, Seat 4 and incoming Councilman Jeff Bailey, far left, Seat 5. Both will be serving four-year terms. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The newest members of the Palm Bay City Council were sworn-in Tuesday evening.

City Attorney Andrew Lannon administered the oath of office for incoming Councilman Tres Holton, Seat 4 and incoming Councilman Jeff Bailey, Seat 5. Both will be serving four-year terms.

Councilman Holton is a South Carolina native who made Palm Bay his home in 1996. He is a 1998 graduate of then Brevard Community College and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from LSU-Baton Rouge/Thomas Edison State College.

Holton is no stranger to Palm Bay’s electorate. He was first elected to the city council in 2001 and became deputy mayor in 2002 for a period of one year.

He also served on the Brevard County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Florida MPO Advisory Council, Brevard County Tourist Development Council and the Brevard Cultural Alliance along with various roles in state government including work in the Florida Senate.

Tres Holton

Tres Holton

Holton’s most recent public service included work on the Brevard County Charter Review Commission, Brevard County Redistricting Committee, Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization’s Citizen Advisory Committee, Palm Bay Charter Review Commission and Palm Bay Road Maintenance Work Group.

“Accountability begins with accessibility, so I encourage constituents to call, text or email me anytime for any reason,” Councilman Holton said. “As your councilman I will be focusing on safety, streets and a stable local economy; the ‘Three ‘S’ Plan’ over the next four years.”

Jeff Bailey

Jeff Bailey

Councilman Bailey is a North Carolina native who moved to Palm Bay four years ago to join three generations of family who have lived here for more than 26 years.

Bailey earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree with honors from Frostburg State University and is an inducted member of the International Business Honor Society, Sigma Beta Delta.

In 2007 he was a Beall Institute of Public Affairs Scholar (U.S. Congress).

Locally, in addition to volunteering in after-school programs, the previous council selected him to serve on the Code Enforcement Board in 2012-2014; and in 2014 he served on the Road Maintenance Work Group.

He is currently a Title 1 Teacher certified in math and social science.

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“We are going to plant the seeds for the future,” Councilman Bailey said.

“I’m going to get behind all of you and make sure we do what we said we said we were going to do.”

The first action of the new council was to elect a deputy mayor. The vote was unanimous in favor of now Deputy Mayor Harry Santiago.


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