On March 10th, local business leader John Mitten was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to temporarily fill the seat of Hernando County Board of County Commissioner Jeff Holcomb. Holcomb was deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia last year by the United States Navy Reserve. Originally it was estimated that Holcomb would serve overseas for 6 to 12 months. His last meeting prior to deployment was May 10, 2016.
Governor Scott said, “Florida is proud to be the home of so many brave military members, and I am grateful to Commissioner Jeff Holcomb for serving our country overseas. We will keep Jeff and his family in our prayers throughout this deployment and I am confident John Mitten will serve Hernando families well until his safe return.”
Mitten, 47, is appointed to the seat held by Commissioner Holcomb until the completion of Commissioner Holcomb’s military leave.
John Mitten is the owner of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Brooksville on Cortez Blvd. In 2015, he served as co-chair of the Political Action Committee “Save Our Students Hernando!” which campaigned in favor of the school district’s half cent sales tax referendum which appeared on a special election ballot in Sept. 2015.
Commissioner Jeff Holcomb made the following statement after receiving word of Mr. Mitten’s appointment, “First, I would like to thank Governor Scott for the time he spent to fill this need in Hernando County. I am very excited for John Mitten, I think he will do an outstanding job as an interim Commissioner! He has been a business owner in Hernando County for many years and a business leader with his involvement with the Chamber of Commerce. He knows the issues that the County is dealing with and I know he will do a great job representing the citizens of the County. Good Luck John!”