Immediate Past President of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Desloge poised to lead National Association of Counties (NACo) in 2016-17-

Leon County District 4 Commissioner Bryan Desloge was elected as second (2nd) vice president of the National Association of Counties (NACo) during the 79th Annual Conference and Exposition, which was held July 11-14, at the Morial Convention Center in Orleans Parish (New Orleans), La.

 “Commissioner Desloge has demonstrated his leadership and dedication to the families in his community through his eight years on the Leon County Board of County Commissioners,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott. “His service, as well as his experience as a business owner and member of several state and regional boards, makes him a great choice for representing our great state as the second vice president of the National Association of Counties (NACo). I am confident that Commissioner Desloge will continue to do what is best for Florida families in his new position.”

Desloge will serve as 2nd Vice President for a year, before ascending to 1st Vice President the following year and then taking over as President of the association in July 2016.

“NACo plays a vital and constructive role in addressing the challenges communities face nationwide,” said Desloge. “I look forward to representing Florida on a national level and advancing my commitment to Civility. Diversity and Opportunity with our local communities.”

Desloge has served on the Leon County Board of County Commissioners for eight years and was chairman from 2009-2010. After his appointment to the NACo Board of Directors in 2012, he has subsequently served on its Financial Services Corporation Advisory Committee and as Vice Chair of the Behavioral Health Subcommittee. Desloge is also a 2007 graduate of NACo’s County Leadership Institute, and has just finished his term as President of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC). Along with his role in Leon County government, Desloge has been active with and serves on several boards, including the executive board of Florida Blood Services and Florida State School of Business Board of Governors. In 2012, he was appointed by Governor Scott as Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of the Big Bend Region. He is also the owner of Desloge Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment.

“Commissioner Desloge is a dedicated advocate for local communities and for home rule,” said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley. “His election as 2nd Vice President of NACo is a win for all of Florida and will spotlight our communities and the issues we face on a national level.”

Along with electing officers, NACo’s Annual Conference provides county officials with a great opportunity to vote on NACo’s policies related to federal legislation and regulation; network with colleagues; and, learn about issues impacting counties as well as the innovative programs counties across the country are establishing.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties. NACo, a full-service organization, delivers its services through support in the areas of Executive Management, Legislative Affairs, Public Affairs, County Solutions and Innovation, Information Technology, and Finance and Administration.