Defuniak Springs Mayor Set To Retire

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Harold Carpenter has spent the majority of his life serving the public.

“Well I’m getting ready to go home. After sixty three years of workforce service. Fifty two years as a public servant, I’m ready to call it quits and go to the house" said Defuniak Springs Mayor Harold Carpenter.

Nine of those fifty plus years has been spent as the mayor of Defunaik Springs.

"You know after you put in so many years you began to get worn a little bit. I feel like it's just time for me to go home so i can spend a little time with my family" said Carpenter.

Carpenter has become a mainstay in the community after fifteen years as a city council member and mayor.

“I think he's made a huge impact. He is always available to listen to citizens. I mean he takes everything to heart and he does everything he can to help people. I think he's really going to be missed" said Executive Assistant Lacey Woodham.

"One of the best things is being able to deal with the public. You have all kinds of situations that come in your office and you have to deal with all of it" said Carpenter.

Mayor Carpenter says the job has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows but he's enjoyed the ride.

"Well my parting words would be to accept the new mayor that's coming on. Work with him and work with the city council and let's keep the city of Defuniak Springs moving forward" said Carpenter.

Carpenters last day in office is April 22.

Before becoming mayor Harold Carpenter worked for the Florida Department of Transportation as a bridge inspector.