Former Milton City Councilman R. L. Lewis, who served as Ward 4 Seat 2 councilman for the city for 32 years, was honored Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by reading of proclamation by Commissioner Bob Cole for his years of service, leadership and dedication to the community and citizens of Santa Rosa County. Lewis is the first African-American to be sworn in as Mayor of Milton.
Lewis is a lifelong resident of the city of Milton, an Army veteran and worked as a supervisor at Monsanto Company until retirement after 32 years. He continued his career, achieving over 40 years in the funeral industry where he is still employed. Lewis is a member of Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church where he serves as chairman of the Deacon Board.
He says of his time on the Milton City Council is memorable and he is most proud of his hands-on contributions to the collective efforts of the local Base Realignment and Closure Committee (BRAC), helping to keep Naval Air Station Whiting Field open for business. Other accomplishments include development of Milton Sportsplex, renovations at Lucille Johnson Park, Gill-Bass Park and Carpenter’s Park and the enhancement of infrastructure throughout the city.
Lewis’ awards and recognitions are numerous but he is particularly proud of being the first African-American Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary in Northwest Florida to retire as Sergeant, first Councilman in Northwest Florida to receive from the President of the United States the "Volunteer Service Award 2010" and first Councilman in Santa Rosa County to receive "God in Government Award 2015."