Editor’s Note: This is the first of an eight-part series featuring the inaugural inductees in the Niceville Valparaiso Civic Hall of Fame. The series is sponsored by our Community Partner, Twin Cities Hospital. The 2017 inductees will be announced at the Civic Hall of Fame Luncheon on July 19.
Niceville Mayor Randall Wise was born in Niceville in 1930. Mayor Wise graduated from NHS in 1949. An original Boggy Boy, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and swimming in our beautiful local waters.
His first start in City government was in the 1950s when he served one term on the Niceville City Council and was one of the first captains with the Niceville Fire Department. He worked with a military contractor for years while also being an entrepreneur. Sworn in as Mayor of Niceville in 1972, this year he celebrates 45 years of continuous service.
His dedication to his hometown is unparalleled. Mayor Wise served as president of the Florida League of Cities in 1979 and continues to be a member today. He is the Past President of the Panhandle League of Cities and the Okaloosa County League of Cities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Okaloosa Gas District, and has served as Honorary Commander at Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field and Duke Field. The Media Center at Ruckel Middle School is named in his honor.
Mayor Wise is a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Niceville. Throughout the years he has supported local businesses, attending ribbon cuttings and other community celebrations. He currently serves as a Life Director of the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and is very active in the organization.
The Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for inductees to be presented into the Niceville Valparaiso Civic Hall of Fame. The purpose of the Hall is to honor and recognize those who have made broad and lasting contributions for the betterment of the Niceville Valparaiso community. Complete nomination guidelines and nomination forms can be obtained online at NicevilleChamber.com. Nomination deadline is June 14.
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