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Commissioner Thaxton Takes Job With Gulf Coast Foundation

Commissioner Jon Thaxton will work as the director of community investment for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation starting Monday.

Departing County Commissioner Jon Thaxton will not have to file unemployment when his term ends in November.

Thaxton will be the director of community investment for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice beginning Monday, according to a press release issued by the foundation.

Thaxton will work part-time until his term as Sarasota County Commissioner ends in mid-November at which point he will become a full-time staff member, according to the foundation.

“Jon brings a rich blend of local history and strategic vision which will match perfectly with our current staff,” said Teri A Hansen, the foundation's president and CEO said in a news release. “We are excited he has decided to join us as he completes his public service career in Sarasota.”

Thaxton, of Osprey, could no longer run for county commissioner for a fourth term after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the county has the right to . Thaxton has spent 12 years in office as county commissioner.

So he attempted a heated against incumbent Kathy Dent and , leaving him to look for gainful employment.

In his new job, Thaxton will engage donors and community partners through initiatives in workforce, economic development and other Gulf Coast priorities that will result in systemic improvements throughout the region.

“Jon was selected over dozens of applicants from around the country,” added Mark Pritchett, senior vice president for community investment.  “He can step right in and help us with a variety of important issues like unemployment, homelessness, and education.”

Mary Anne Servian September 06, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I want to congratulate Jon and Gulf Coast on this exciting announcement. Jon has always had the community interest at the center of his agenda and I know he will continue that with Gulf Coast. I look forward to working with Jon in my role at The Sarasota Ballet, and showing him all the amazing transformatitive programs we offer. Congratulations Jon. Mary Anne
Laura Breeze September 06, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Congratulations, Jon! All of your friends and fans at the Education Foundation of Sarasota County look forward to working with you on behalf of the 42,000 students in our public schools. Best wishes for great success, Laura Breeze

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