At the first meeting of the year, District 5 Commissioner Laura Semanson was unanimously appointed as chairwoman, replacing District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent. She is the first female to hold the seat.
Semanson was previously chosen as the board’s secretary in January 2017 before being selected as vice chairwoman in November of that year – when District 2 Commissioner Dennis Brown came on the board weeks after being elected to the then-vacant seat, and again in 2018.
Levent, who had served as chairman since 2017, thanked commissioners and staff for their support during his time in the role.
“It takes a lot of extra time and effort, but it sure was an honor,” he said. “Now, I get a little more free time to find time for my family, which is wonderful actually, just to let y’all know that.”
District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills was also unanimously approved as vice chair during the meeting and thanked Levent for his time and wished Semanson well in the position.