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SANTA ROSA COUNTY GOVERNMENT

District 2 - Robert A. "Bob" Cole

Personal
  • Born November 28, 1952
  • Married to Sheila Cole for 42 years. Sheila, along with being a devoted wife, mother, and home maker, is also a graduate of Milton High School and Pensacola Junior College. Shelia is a Board Member of the Pensacola Christian Women's Club, an Office Manager, and Elementary School Teacher's Volunteer of the Year.
  • Commissioner Cole has four children:
    • Jeffrey, 40, Gulf Power Environmental Specialist III, US Army Reserve Signal Captain for 17 years who along with his wife Devon, 39, has 2 sons, James, 13 and Timothy, 11 and two daughters Rebecca, 7 and Grace, 2.
    • Mark, 36, Captain in the Air Force for 17 1/2 years, with the 4th SOS at Hulbert Field, completing graduate work in American History through the American Military College. Wife Savannah, 25, daughters, Bailey, 15, Allison, 3, Ryleigh, 2 and son, Caleb, 10.
    • Heather, 31, married to Steven Russell, 31. Daughters, Elizabeth, 3, and Hannah, 2 months old. Working at Bob Cole's Automotive, LLC. Graduated from Pensacola Junior College in 2004.
    • Lauren, 25, married to Marc Howle, 27, Captain in the US Army for 5 years and currently stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska with the 2nd Engineer Battalion.
  • 1977 - Associate Degree -Pensacola Junior College (PJC) in Industrial Education
  • 24 year Active Member, Pine Terrace Baptist Church
  • Past Sunday school Teacher, Pine Terrace Baptist Church
  • Past President of the Men's Brotherhood
  • Member of Gideon International
Career
  • 2002 to present, County Commission - Santa Rosa County
  • 2002 - 2003, Chairman, Public Services Committee
  • 2002 - 2003, Vice-Chairman, Budget & Financial Management Committee
  • 2002 - 2003, Member Bay Area Resource Council (BARC)
  • 2002 - 2003, Member Blackwater Housing Authority Committee
  • 2002 - 2003, Member Local Mitigation Strategic Steering Committee
  • 2002 - 2003, Member Local Emergency Food & Shelter Program
  • 2002 - 2003, Member Santa Rosa County Fair Committee
  • Member Pensacola Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
  • Member Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
  • Member National Association of Counties (NACo)
  • Member, Santa Rosa County Coalition of Chambers
  • Master Mechanic & Owner for 29 years, Bob Cole’s Import Automotive Professionals
  • Host, "Auto Know" Talk Show, Blab TV
  • 1995 - 2001, ASE/NAPA Technician of the Year 6 times
  • 1970 - 1974, Ground Support Technician @ NAS Whiting Field
  • Member, Automotive Advisory Council @ George Stone Vo-Tech
  • 20 Year Member, Optimist Club of North East Pensacola
  • Member, Greater Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Pensacola Board of Realtors
  • The Children’s Home Society supporter
  • Milton High School Soccer & Track Teams supporter
  • Member & On-screen personality of WSRE TV’s membership drive
  • 39 years ASE Master Automotive Tech.