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Chipley reappoints Andrews as mayor

K. William Boyer
Washington County News

CHIPLEY - During their October 13 city council meeting, Mayor Tracy Andrews was reappointed for another term as mayor of Chipley by a unanimous vote from the Council.

Andrews said their job on the council was to serve the community on this "great" team.

"We are a team," Andrews said. " We are united and we have been working together for sometime for the betterment of Chipley. 

She said she appreciated the chance to continue to serve in the role and was grateful for the unanimous vote of confidence she received from the council.

“I would truly like to thank you for another year to serve,” Andrews said. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve.”

She said she views the roles on the council and her role as mayor as "liaisons for the city and its residents on government matters.  Andrews said she believed she and the council are elected to serve the community. Andrews gives a lot of credit to her  grandmother Ida Mae Cotton, who passed away this month. Andrews said her grandmother has been instrumental of where she has come today. 

"I know that on last night she would have been so proud again for me," she said. 

Tracy Andrews has served for over 25 years at Gulf Power in Chipley.

Andrews serves as Chipley’s first female African-American mayor, something she views not on the basis of race, but as a duty incumbent on any person who holds the office.

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When first taking the role in 2018 Andrews said it was an “honor to be chosen to undertake the great work of mayor and to be a voice for the people of Chipley.”

She said at the time that she listened to the points of view of others. 

“I don’t have all the answers and seek feedback by focusing on the needs of others,” she said in 2018, “and that, coupled with my desire to see our community grow and become stronger than we already are.”

Andrews is a 1986 Chipley High School graduate, obtained her A.A. Degree from Chipola College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from Florida A&M University. She has been employed with Gulf Power for over 25 years and has served on various City boards, including Parks and Recreation, Code Enforcement and Planning and Zoning.

In another special moment during the meeting, the city also swore in council members Linda Cain, Brett Butler and Kevin Russell for another term.  Butler, who serves as a liaison for council on the CRA board was also re appointed to serve as Mayor-pro term.

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In addition to serving on the council, Russell serves as an educator in the school district as well as owner and operator of the Spanish Trail Playhouse, which puts on several productions for the community throughout the year. 

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Kevin Russell serves as the owner and operator of the Spanish Trial Playhouse in Chipley.

Councilwomen Cain, who served for years as mayor, stated she was proud to be on the council, a comment echoed by council members Russell and Butler.