BREVARD COUNTY • WEST MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Diana Adams has been appointed to fill the West Melbourne City Council seat through November left vacant by Daniel Batcheldor who resigned on June 1.

During Tuesday’s regular council meeting four applicants, including Adams, William Johnson, Adam Gaffney and Justin Matoska were interviewed.

During the interview, Adams stressed her dedication to public service and the experience she would bring to the council.

“I love my city and want to use my knowledge and experience combined with my enthusiasm and work ethic to ensure West Melbourne continues to be an amazing place that families and businesses want to call home,” said Adams.

The council members then voted, with Mayor Hal Rose, Pat Bentley, John Dittmore and Stephen Phrampus supporting Adams. Deputy Mayor Andrea Young and Daniel McDow voted for Gaffney.

A unanimous vote for Adams followed before she took the oath of office from City Clerk Cynthia Hanscom and joined the council to proceed with the meeting.

During the General Election in November, voters may choose up to three candidates on the ballot. Candidates include Adams, Dittmore, Young and William Johnson.

Adams has a history of serving the community of West Melbourne, including serving as Deputy Chair of the West Melbourne Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and being a Business Advisory board member.

She has also completed the West Melbourne Citizens Leadership Academy, serves on the LEAD Brevard Board of Directors, and was a 2022 nominee for the Zonta Yellow Rose Award of Excellence in Community Service.

Adams was a teacher in Florida for seven years, most recently at Freedom 7 Elementary in Cocoa Beach.

She received recognition as the school’s Teacher of the Year before earning the Brevard County Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year and statewide Dr. Theron Trimble Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year awards.

Adams is the Executive Director of Brevard Heart Foundation and co-owner and Community Engagement Coordinator for Rock Paper Simple, a small business in Melbourne.

She is also earning a Doctorate in Public Administration with a focus in public sector management.

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