Mayor's Office

Mission of the Mayor’s Office

The Mayor is “recognized as the official head of the city for all ceremonial purposes, and by the courts for the purpose of accepting and receiving civil process for the city, and by the governor for purpose of military law.”

The Mayor presides over all meetings of the City Council with authority to participate in discussions, but without the power to vote. The mayor may make recommendations to the council, and can exercise veto power over most ordinances adopted by the council.

The Mayor may also make general investigations into the official conduct and affairs of all city officers and employees, and may  examine “the conditions of all city books, papers, records, property and equipment,” and report to the City Council “all violations or neglect of duty.” The Mayor is tasked by the city charter  to “put down riots and unlawful assemblies,” and during any time of public danger or an officially declared state of emergency, “shall assume the role of emergency management director, take command of the police and fire departments, maintain order, and enforce the law,” the charter states.

When necessary, the mayor may call the council into a special session, and “shall recommend to the council such measures from time to time, as to him/her shall seem wholesome and proper.” And, according to the charter, “the mayor shall exemplify good citizenship and exhibit a cooperative spirit.”

  1. J. B. Whitten

    JB Whitten


  2. Zenobia Richardson

  1. JB Whitten

    Phone: 850-682-1560 ext 252


    Mayor JB Whitten was elected on March 12th, 2019, and sworn in to office on April 1st, 2019. He is a retired member of the United States Air Force and a retired Florida high school teacher. Since his arrival here, he has served the Crestview community as President of his Homeowners’ Association, as a volunteer at the Northwest Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross, President of the North Okaloosa Republican Club, a member of the Crestview Kiwanis Club, and was the first Office Manager of the Okaloosa County Seniors vs. Crime Office in Crestview.  Seniors vs. Crime is a Special Project of the Florida Attorney General’s Office.  Mayor Whitten now serves as the Region 5 Deputy Director for that project.


    Councilman Whitten and his wife, Ann have been married for 50 years. They have two grown daughters, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He is active in the Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, serving as one of their Lectors. He is an elected Precinct Committeeman for Election Precinct 45 in Crestview and also a member of Post 75 of the local American Legion. 

    Personal Note:

    I am excited about our new form of city government and see this as “A New View for Crestview”.  I will be an integral part of working with the City Manager, the City Clerk, and the City Council in creating this “New View”.

    City Representative to:

      ·         Okaloosa Walton Transportation Planning Organization – Primary # 2

      ·         Okaloosa RESTORE Advisory Committee (ORAC) – Primary [duty completed]

      ·         Military Sustainability Partnership Executive. Committee Alternate

      ·         Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council – Alternate

      ·         Member of the Northwest Florida League of Cities Board of Directors

      ·         Representative to the Okaloosa County Triumph Projects Coalition