When the late Phillip Patronas passed away in September, he left a vacancy on the Dauphin Island Town Council.
On Monday, 60-year old Earle Connell was sworn in as Patronas’ replacement by Mayor Jeff Collier. Connell, a retired airline pilot and 16-year resident of the Island, was appointed by the council at a previous meeting.According to a press release, Connell has been an active member of the community for some time and has previously served on the Dauphin Island Planning Commission.
He is a volunteer at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium, the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council’s gallery and is a regular member of St. Francis Episcopal Church.
A native of College Park, Ga., Connell earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Georgia State University in Atlanta and worked 25 years as a pilot for Eastern Airlines before spending another 23 years flying for Evergreen International Airlines.
He and his wife, Nancy, have two children and four grandchildren.
Connell said he regards Dauphin Island as a sanctuary, and in a prepared statement he said, “As good stewards of this small barrier island, we must protect its heritage, culture and threatened resources, while promoting its comprehensive and strategic plans that will ensure viability as a close-knit community of true friends and as a treasured destination for visitors for generations to come.”
The town’s next regular municipal elections are scheduled for August of 2016.
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