CHIPLEY — Washington County Planning Commissioner Tonya Pippin announced her resignation from the commission on Tuesday.
“It is with a heavy heart that I render my resignation from the Washington County Planning Commission, effective May 8, “ Pippin said. “After a great deal of analysis, I have come to the conclusion that time commitments to my business will not allow me to continue to serve on this board.”
Pippin joined the commission in 2003, and has served as chairwoman since June 2010. She was vice chairwoman from May 2008 to June 2010, she said.
“With the many changes needed to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code, serving on this board will require more time and effort in the months and years to come,” Pippin said. “June 2013 will mark 10 years of my service to the Washington County Planning Commission so I feel that it is an appropriate time for me to vacate my position.”
Pippin thanked the Board of County Commissioners for their support and input during her tenure on the planning commission.
“I have recently been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Chipola College Foundation,” Pippin said. “I am a founding board member of the Washington County Arts Council and I serve as a mentor with the Take Stock in Children Program, so my plate is full with other community service activities on top of the business opportunities before me. “
Tuesday was also Roger Hagan’s first meeting as a newly minted planning commissioner. Hagan’s appointment to the county planning commission was approved by the Board of County Commissioners during the Feb. 28 BOCC meeting.
Hagan was the mayor of Wausau and the county’s public safety director and was a county employee for 36 years. He retired from both the Wausau Town Council and the county in December.
The commissioners were scheduled to choose a new slate of officers on Tuesday, and with Pippin leaving, none of the present commissioners wanted to accept the chairman’s office. After much discussion, Commissioner David Morris agreed to serve as vice chairman, and Commissioner Al Keown was nominated as chairman.
Keown was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.
In other business, the planning commissioners approved a variance request submitted by Vicky Williams and Quinton Kirkland for residential use in a commercial area. Williams seeks to build a residence on her property at 1164 Falling Waters Road but on the Future Land Use Map the property is designated as commercial property.