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Leon County Administrator Explains Next Steps For Children's Services Council

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Now that a Children’s Services Council has been approved by Leon County voters, the next step is creating it. County Administrator Vincent Long spoke to WFSU about the process.

The first step to creating the CSC is to appoint members. That’ll be done by Governor Ron DeSantis who will select 5 of 15 applicants forwarded to him by county commissioners. Long says that process will begin at the next commission meeting.

“We’ll be bringing an agenda item to the Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 17 and recommending a process by which we will seek interest on behalf of the citizens, people interested in serving," said Long. "Then we will be bringing back an item to the board in January.”

The Council Board will consist of 10 members with the other 5 made up of a Leon County School board member, Superintendent Rocky Hanna, a judge assigned to juvenile cases, and a local Department of Children and Families administrator, and a county commissioner.

The CSC is funded through a property tax increase. How much that will be is up to the soon-to-be appointed council members.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.