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New commissioner appointed for fire district

By Staff | May 31, 2019

TIFFANY REPECKI Fire Chief Jeff Pawul with the Captiva Island Fire Control District's new board, from left, Commissioners C.W. Kilgore, Jeffrey Brown and Sherrill Sims.

The Captiva Island Fire Control District recently welcomed a new face to the fire commission.

At a special meeting on May 30, Commissioners C.W. Kilgore and Sherrill Sims voted 2-0 to adopt a resolution appointing Jeffrey Brown to the seat left vacant by retired Commissioner Robert Brace.

Brown was one of two applicants the commission was considering for the spot.

“I’m happy to be onboard and look forward to serving the fire district and the community,” he said following the vote.

Brown will serve out the remainder of Brace’s term, which expires in November 2020.

Jeffrey Brown

After the appointment, the commission discussed the board’s organization. In a 3-0 vote, it adopted a resolution on the terms that Kilgore will serve as chair, Brown as vice chair and Sims as secretary.

Sims initially suggested that Kilgore continue to serve as chair.

“With his longevity and expertise,” she said for reasons for her recommendation.

Upon being asked, Sims reported that she wanted to remain as secretary.

A seasonal visitor since 2001, Brown became a full-time island resident in 2007. Prior to retiring in 2010, he owned and operated a building materials company in Chicago, Illinois, which was later sold.

“I was really interested in finding a way to serve the community and give back,” Brown said of applying to fill the vacant seat.

He noted that he has a high level of respect for the work done by the fire district.

“I’m just very pleased to serve and am very grateful,” Brown said.

While it will be his first time serving on an elected board, Brown cited his experience in business – handling health insurances, retirement plans and a fleet of vehicles – as what he can bring to the table.

“I think the board has been doing a fantastic job,” he said. “They’ve all served the community very well, and I hope to continue that tradition of service.”

Fire Chief Jeff Pawul voiced excitement for having a full fire board again.

“I think he’s going to be great for the island,” he said of Brown, noting the new commissioner’s background in business, his love for Captiva and his desire to serve the community.

Sims echoed that sentiment.

“We’re just absolutely delighted to have him onboard,” she said.

Brace submitted his resignation to the commission in April. He had served the district for 18 years, a combination of his time most recently as a commissioner and before that as a volunteer firefighter.