Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Keystone Heights Sets Council Member Duties; Donation Buys New Wheels for Sheriff

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Keystone Heights Sets Council Member Duties; Donation Buys New Wheels for Sheriff

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Byline: Anne Sponholtz, Clay County Line correspondent

Three Keystone Heights council members took the oath of office at Tuesday's meeting, with one new council member among the group.

Keith Jones, who won Seat 5 when he defeated longtime council member Jack Raleigh in the March elections, will be serving his first term in office. Peggie Dixon and Huntley Redfearn Jr. were both sworn in for their second two-year terms.

The council then elected its vice mayor for the coming year, giving its vote of confidence to Ginger Johns, who served in this position over the past year. Mayor Archie Green made committee appointments. Dixon will head beach, parks and recreation, along with the cemetery committee. She also will oversee the Community Redevelopment Agency.

Besides her duties as vice mayor, Johns will lead personnel, wastewater, finance and the ways and means committees. Redfearn will head public works and safety and serve as the Keystone Airpark liaison. Jones will get his feet wet as chairman of code enforcement, waste management and media/communications committees.

Clay County Sheriff Scott Lancaster took the oath of office as the city's honorary chief of police. Lancaster also received a check for part of a $25,000 gift to the Sheriff's Office from the city.

Lancaster used the funds to purchase a new patrol car, which he had on hand for the council to see. Lancaster said the patrol car is state-of-the-art in the area of public safety. When a deputy demonstrated the new computer system in the car to the sheriff, he said "within eight seconds he knew everything about me."

Lancaster said the gift from the city came at a good time.

"The city made the decision when they knew of our budget constraints. Money's tight. This was very generous," Lancaster said.

Redfearn said he had received numerous inquiries from other municipality officials in the county asking how the city could afford the gift. …

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