Niceville City Manager Lannie Corbin is dedicated to protecting the delicate natural areas of the area with projects for public use such as Turkey Creek Walk which now boasts a one-mile contiguous walkway from College Blvd. to John Sims Pkwy. His works also include quality of life projects for all ages including the building of the Children’s Park/Spray Park, mixed-use sports facilities, youth center, and the new senior center currently under construction.
Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in 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.
Lannie Corbin was born in 1942 in Crestview to Noah and Pauline Corbin of Niceville. Corbin has always been a visionary leader who strives to make positive growth and quality service a reality for our area.
Appointed as City Manager/City Clerk in 1972, Corbin is one of the longest serving City Managers in the State, celebrating nearly 46 years of service this summer. When he started the population of Niceville was 4,300 and with only 33 city employees. Today there are over 14,000 residents and nearly 200 employees.
Corbin was instrumental in organizing the first Mullet Festival, which originally was a Chamber of Commerce event, and he continues to lead today’s Mullet Festival Committee. He also created the Twin Oaks Complex for local soccer, baseball, football and a dog park. In addition, he provided oversight for the first stormwater utility project to provide the necessary infrastructure to protect the bays, bayous, and creeks. Corbin has worked with Military Leaders on many joint projects including the lease for the Twin Oaks/Mullet Festival land and the reclaimed water project.
Corbin was instrumental in forming the Okaloosa County Library Cooperative offering public library services to all citizens. He has also taken an instrumental role ensure the Fourth of July Fireworks over the Bayou tradition continues by establishing the Fireworks Foundation
As a member of many local civic organizations, state associations and First Baptist Church of Niceville, Corbin served as President of the Chamber in 1980 and has continued to support and encourage others to support the Chamber and our local business community.
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