Derek Elias (Chair)
Derrick D. Elias was appointed to the Quincy City Commission in 1999 by Gov. Jeb Bush. In 2000, and thereafter, Commissioner Elias was elected and re-elected to represent and serve the citizens of District 3.
Commissioner Elias served as Mayor of the City of Quincy for three consecutive terms from 2002 to 2005. He was elected by his peers to serve as Mayor again on April 29, 2011. He is a 1985 graduate of Florida A&M University, where he earned a degree in Political Science and Public Management.
Angela Sapp (Vice Chair)
Angela Grant Sapp is a lifelong resident of the Springside neighborhood of District 2. She returns to the Commission for a third term after a three-year absence. During her earlier one and one-half terms, Angela served as Mayor Pro-Tem for two years and Mayor for one year.
Commissioner Gay was re-elected as District 4 Commissioner on April 27, 2010 and was sworn-in on April 30, 2010. Mr. Gay was elected Mayor by his fellow Commissioners in May 2008, and re-elected in May of 2009. He previously served as Mayor-Pro Tem for two years. He, with the support of his commissioners, has made a fiscally sound and accountable city government the hallmark of his two–year term as mayor. Assuming the leadership role of the city, Gay and the commission have turned a city with a structural financial deficit and pessimistic outlook for its future into a true renaissance. Quincy has experienced a bona fide renewal of its historic downtown and the continued improvement of the quality of life for all of the city residents. While Commissioner Gay was Mayor – the Commission successfully established collaborative partnerships with County Government, the business communities, Chamber of Commerce, and Gadsden County’s sister cities. These partnerships will help ensure strong economic development and growth for the future. Commissioner Gay was elected to the Quincy City Commission in April 2005 and has served two terms. Commissioner Gay serves on the Tourist Development Council, Gadsden Learns Board, Florida State University Alumni Association, and Tallahassee Community College Alumni Association. Gerald Andrew Gay III (Andy) was born in Quincy, Florida, and was raised in the Holiday Heights neighborhood. He is a 3rd generation Quincy resident and a 6th generation Floridian. Gay is a graduate of Florida State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science. Gay recently earned his Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning with a Specialization in Leadership from National University in La Jolla, California.
Keith A.Dowdell was born and raised in Quincy, and is a product of our community and public school system. He graduated from James A. Shanks High School in 1981 and attended Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; transferring later to the University of Alabama, graduating in 1985 with a B.S. Degree in Mathematics/Computer Science. Commissioner Dowdell served 8 years in the United States Army, where he attained the rank of Captain. He has built a reputation for being a leader and has learned to build the types of coalitions needed to be an effective City Commissioner.
In 1996, Keith was elected as City Commissioner and has served two terms as Mayor in 1998 and 2003. He is the longest seated Commissioner on the Board of Commissioners and is known for being a working community activist for the past 16 years.
After leaving the military with an honorable discharge and wanting to give back to his community, he pursued a career in education in 1994, wherein he started his teaching career with Gadsden County public elementary schools (Havana Elementary, Middle (Carter-Parramore, and James A. Shanks), and an alternative school (Bridge Wood Academy). He later became Dean of Students at Havana Middle School. His administrative duties have directed him to James A. Shanks Middle School, East Gadsden High School and now West Gadsden High School as Assistant Principal of Discipline and Graduation Coach. In addition to his educational background, he started a second career in 2003 with Florida State Hospital working the night shift as a Behavioral Program Supervisor – and, of course, his third career as a City Commissioner.
The hallmark of his service is his championship of quality of life issues, include promoting a safe and secure city, preserving history and parks, affordable housing, and protecting the character of our residential neighborhoods, which is vital to the City of Quincy’s success.
Laverne Demous (Chair)
Mrs. Laverne Demous, wife of the late Bill Demous, has served on the City of Quincy Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board since 2002. She was appointed by Quincy City Commissioner Keith Dowdell to represent District I. She is a graduate of James A. Shanks High School class of 1973. Mrs. Demous continued her education and graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with both a Bachelor and Masters degree in Social Work Administration. Mrs. Demous has been a faithful, dutiful, and dependable volunteer to the board as well as to her community. Mrs. Demous was nominated in 2011 by the board to serve as chairman. She serves as a Missionary at Deliverance Temple Ministries in Chattahoochee, FL under the leadership of Bishop B. Deas Jr. Currently she is employed with Humana American Eldercare as a Provider Relations Representative for the Big Bend 2B region in which she evaluates member service needs to ensure sufficient providers are contracted to meet identified member care needs. She also is a liaison for care managers and providers. She is unquestionably a valuable asset to her community and those she serve both personally and professionally.
Stacey S. Hannigon
Executive Director, Gadsden Senior Services, Inc.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director at Gadsden Senior Services, Inc., Stacey worked with the City of Quincy for six years starting her tenure there as the receptionist at city hall and ending her career as the City Manager’s Assistant in 2007. She transitioned into the local county government working with the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners for a total of seven years; most recently serving as the Special Projects Coordinator / Public Information Officer. She has volunteered with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event in Gadsden County since 2001, organized the return of the City of Quincy’s night time Christmas parade in 2006, served as commentator for the City’s Christmas parade for a number of years, served on the George W. Munroe Parent Teacher Association as President and Secretary and volunteers her time and talents to a number of other local causes. She is a Board member of Quincy Main Street.
Doris Milton-Jackson (Vice Chair)
Earlean Roberts-Taylor was appointed to the Community Redevelopment Advisory Board in 2012. As a member of the board, she believes that can positively impact the lives of the residents of Quincy and the community by helping to improve the community as a whole. She was part of the team that played an instrumental role in the development of the Tanyard Creek project. Additionally, she was the Disaster Action Team (DAT) Coordinator for the Gadsden County Chapter of the American Red Cross, she’s currently a member of the Gadsden County Citizens On Patrol (COPS) program, and the Keeping Independent Seniors Safe (KISS) Program which are both programs under the Gadsden County Sherriff’s Department. She strives to use her resources, time, and experience to benefit the citizens of Quincy.
Chief Program Executive for the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce and Director of Business Retention and Expansion for the Gadsden County Development Council, Inc.