Palmer Wilson challenges incumbent Jack Grasty for Seat 2 on the NSB City Commission photos by Sera Frederick and Henry Frederick. Palmer Wilson (far right) is challenging incumbent Jack Grasty (inset) for the Zone 2 seat on the New Smyrna Beach City Commission.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Saying his top priority is to "reinvent our local government," Palmer Wilson announced today that he is running to unseat Jack Grasty as Zone 2 Commissioner in the City of New Smyrna Beach.

"I would suggest to the voters that the vision that we create for our city will not be realized without operational processes that stress management efficiency, accountability, citizen empowerment, problem solving and organizational development," Wilson said.

Wilson's campaign platform emphasizes:

• Use of best management practices in order to reduce operational waste and inefficiency.

• Develop strategic, action oriented economic development policies that seek to improve and expand the tax base and which are based on solid planning and shared vision.

• Actively solicit citizen involvement and assistance from citizens who are experts in their fields.

• Resolve problems impartially, decisively and permanently.

• Promote the city as a showplace that is both forward looking and conscious of its history and background.

• Protect its natural resources, beachfront and riverfront.

"I will work toward these ends in order to achieve a more effective and cost efficient city government that promotes prosperity and well being for all citizens of New Smyrna Beach, he said.

Wilson holds a bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of Maryland and has completed extensive post-graduate work in criminal justice and business administration. He is a retired police executive and former Justice Department Criminal Division employee. He is also a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, with over 29 years of service.

Wilson  operates a leadership and management consultancy, with clients that include the U. S. departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security; as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Wilson and his wife Diane have been full time residents of New Smyrna Beach since 2004.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories narly eveenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.