This week the Baker County Commission welcomed back a former commissioner from the 1980s, James Croft, and wished Mr. Croft’s opponent in the Republican primary last August, Commissioner Michael Crews, a fond farewell.
As the board’s regular meeting November 19 came to a close, Commissioner Jimmy Anderson, elected two years ago, called the outgoing commissioner “an inspiration.”
“He’s all-the-time busy, all-the-time working,” said Mr. Anderson before expressing his confidence that Mr. Croft, who was in the audience, will perform well and how Michael Crews will nonetheless be missed.
Former county commissioner Alex Robinson, who lost his re-election bid in 2010 to Mr. Anderson, was present for Michael Crews’ final meeting with the board that evening.
He thanked the commissioners for continuing their service despite criticism, saying, “For all the criticism you hear, there are many more that are proud of the work you do for Baker County.”
Mr. Robinson also challenged Mr. Croft to serve the county as his former opponent has done, and wished both men well in the future.
Michael Crews, a one-term commissioner and the head of security at Northeast Florida State Hospital, had some parting words of his own.
“The last four years have been an honor and an experience I will never forget,” he said at the end of the meeting.