Congratulations are in order for Gateway resident and Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass.

Pendergrass was elected Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners last week, replacing Commissioner John Manning. Only the five elected Commissioners participate in nominating and selecting the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of their board.

Chairman Pendergrass represents the BOCC’s District 2, which includes nearly everything between The Forum and Corkscrew Road as the north-south boundaries, and then everything between McGreggor Boulevard and Gateway as the west-east boundaries.

“I look forward to this upcoming year working with our staff and representing the citizens of Lee County in my new role as Chairman. We are still in recovery mode in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, specifically focused on flood prevention throughout the county. I will continue to work closely with local, state and federal agencies to enhance our water quality while also working to expedite the infrastructure needed to improve our transportation system,” said Pendergrass.

A life-long resident of the Fort Myers area, Chairman Pendergrass was first elected Commissioner in November 2012. Prior to entering politics, Pendergrass was a Fort Myers police officer as well as a marketing executive for a financial planning firm.

There was some chatter last year that Pendergrass would make an excellent candidate to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, however Pendergrass, a Republican, has already filed the necessary paperwork to establish his candidacy for re-election to the BOCC in 2018.

Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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