District 2 - Commissioner
David (Dave) A. Parisot is serving his first term as Okaloosa County Commissioner, District 2. Dave is a retired USAF aircraft maintenance and logistics officer and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Following his military career, Dave was also a small business owner in housing construction and retail sales prior to his full retirement in 2004. He and his wife Chong (Kim) reside in Shalimar and have a daughter, two sons, and four grandchildren.
Not only is Dave a decorated 21-year veteran, he has also been very involved in the local community since 1997 in various organizations as a volunteer, to include the Shalimar Library and Children in Crisis, as well as the USO at Northwest Florida Regional Airport. Prior to becoming a county commissioner, Dave participated in over 100 county commission meetings.
Commissioner Parisot’s liaisons with the Board of County Commissioners are as follows:
Florida Association of Counties, Okaloosa-Walton Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Military Relations-Hurlburt Field, Choctaw Basin Alliance, Public Safety Council Committee and Okaloosa County Director on Gulf Consortium (RESTORE Act)
Corrections, Human Resources/Risk Management, Fleet and County Extension.
At the state level, Dave was selected by the First Amendment Foundation in 2010 as one of 26 community activists throughout the State of Florida to be a charter member of their Sunshine Brigade, an organization that promotes open government (Sunshine laws) and public access to government records. Dave is a graduate of the Florida Association of County’s (FAC) Certified County Commissioner program and is currently enrolled in their Advanced County Commissioner program. In June 2012, he was elected to FAC’s Board of Directors to represent the counties in Senate District 2. In June 2011 Dave received FAC’s prestigious Marlene Young Award for his work in testifying to various State Legislative Committees to preserve the counties’ Pretrial Services programs. In June 2012, he received the FAC President’s Award for promoting county issues and home-rule legislation.
Over the past two years, Commissioner Parisot has been Okaloosa County’s representative for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) early restoration program following the BP oil spill, worked with other counties in the Florida Panhandle in coordination with the Florida Congressional Delegation to help formulate the RESTORE Act as it applies to Florida, and is Okaloosa’s Director on the Gulf Consortium, a group composed of Florida’s counties on the Gulf of Mexico to administer the RESTORE Act. He was also Okaloosa’s representative on the Governor’s Oil Spill Commission from July – December 2012.