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Establishment and Duties

This board was established by Florida Statute 333.10 and by the Board of County Commissioners through adoption of Escambia County Ordinance No. 88-16, enacted on December 1, 1988. Ordinance 2004-9 specifies the BCC endows the BOA with the power to conduct any required quasi-judicial public hearings to grant, grant with conditions, or deny applications for variances, conditional uses, requests for final extension of development orders for site plan approval, requests for the temporary use of a mobile home as a guest residence due to medical hardship, and appeals of administrative decisions filed by those persons aggrieved by interpretations or administration of these regulations. Ordinance 2001-35 provides a right of appeal to the Board of County Commissioners for review of the orders of the BOA affirming, reversing or modifying the decision of an administrative official.

Eligibility Criteria and Composition

Ordinance 2004-9 amended the Escambia County Code of Ordinances to change the membership from five to seven members, all of who must reside within Escambia County. Each of the five commissioners shall appoint one BOA member, preferably from among constituents residing in their respective district and the BCC as a whole shall nominate and vote for two “at large” members.


Each commissioner-appointed member of the BOA shall be appointed to serve a four-year term to run concurrent with the term of office of appointing commissioner. The “at large” members shall serve two-year staggered terms.

Learn more about the Board of Adjustment.


  • Michael C. Godwin, District 1
    Term of Office: 5/25/17 – 11/2024

  • Ross Padden, District 2
    Term of Office: 
    11/22/2022 – 11/2026

  • Willie Kirkland, Jr., District 3
    Term of Office: 3/07/19 – 11/2024

  • Auby D. Smith, District 4
    Term of Office: 11/22/2022 – 11/2026

  • Jennifer J. Bass, District 5
    Term of Office: 2/18/10 – 11/2024

  • Randy Ponson, At-Large
    Term of Office: 01/06/2022 – 01/05/2024

  • Martin W. Schack, At-Large
    Term of Office: 06/04/2020 – 06/03/2024
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