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Pinellas County Commission names Charlie Justice as its 2022 chair

Commissioner Janet Long will serve as vice chair.
Charlie Justice will serve as the next chair of the Pinellas County Commission.
Charlie Justice will serve as the next chair of the Pinellas County Commission. [ MENGSHIN LIN | Times ]
Published Nov. 9
Updated Nov. 10

The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday unanimously selected Democrat Charlie Justice to serve as chair in the upcoming calendar year.

Justice, who has held a countywide seat on the commission since 2012, is currently serving as the vice chair.

Commissioner Janet Long, who has similarly held a countywide seat on the commission for three terms, was selected by unanimous vote to serve as vice chair.

Commissioner Janet Long was selected by unanimous vote to serve as the commission's vice chair.
Commissioner Janet Long was selected by unanimous vote to serve as the commission's vice chair.

The approval process was swift on Tuesday, with no comments and a quick motion to approve.

“Do we want to debate this? No?” current chair Dave Eggers joked before a motion was made to approve the appointments.

Justice is a Pinellas County native and graduate of Boca Ciega High School. He received his associate degree from St. Petersburg College before attending and graduating from the University of South Florida.

Before serving on the Pinellas County Commission, Justice represented the area in both the Florida House and Florida Senate.

“Thank you very much for the opportunity,” Justice told commissioners Tuesday. “I appreciate your trust to represent you in that role.”

The role of chair includes leading and moderating commission meetings and work sessions, as well as representing the commission on certain county-sanctioned functions and events. The appointment of a chair also establishes a chain of succession for emergency situations in which a quorum of the board is unable to meet and a state of emergency is pertinent.

Both Justice and Long have previously served as commission chair. Each will assume their respective role on Jan. 1.