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Santa Rosa Island Authority Executive Director Announces Departure

Leigh Davis, the Executive Director of the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA)

After three years of dedicated service, Leigh Davis, the Executive Director of the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) on Pensacola Beach, has made the heartfelt decision not to seek renewal of her contract, which is set to expire on April 19, 2024.

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In an official statement to the SRIA Board and public at Wednesday night’s meeting, Davis expressed her gratitude for the trust placed in her during her tenure and outlined her commitment to ensuring a smooth transition.

“Pensacola Beach is an incredibly special place, and it has been an honor to serve as Executive Director of the SRIA,” said Davis.

During her term, Davis has spearheaded various initiatives aimed at enhancing the efficiency and accessibility of SRIA services. Notable projects include the use of BidNet Direct for bidding projects, transparency improvements through the earlier posting of agendas, and a comprehensive review of SRIA policies.

Recognizing the importance of a seamless transition, Davis has pledged to focus on concluding ongoing projects under her leadership in the coming months. She has also emphasized the paramount importance of initiating the search and hiring process for her successor.

Should the recruitment process extend beyond the contract expiration date, Davis has graciously offered to remain available on a month-to-month basis.

The SRIA Board Members express their appreciation for Leigh Davis’s dedication and contributions during her tenure. The Board will begin the process of selecting a new Executive Director to build upon the foundation laid by Davis and lead the organization into its next chapter.

The Board looks forward to a collaborative and efficient transition period, and they extend their best wishes to Leigh Davis in her future endeavors.

About SRIA

Pensacola Beach is owned by Escambia County, Fla., and is under the direction of the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA). The SRIA was created by the Florida legislature in 1947 under Chapter 24500. The SRIA does not receive tax support from the taxpayers of the county. It is fully funded from lease fees collected from business and residences on the beach. The SRIA board is made up of six members; five are named by members of the Escambia County Board of Commissioners whose term is the same as the commissioner who appointed them. Registered voters on Pensacola Beach elect the sixth member. The elected member’s term is two years.