- Ed Brimner, CFA
State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, RZ3797
Ed was sworn into office on January 5, 2021, as the Wakulla County Property Appraiser. Ed was born and raised in Wakulla County and loves the area and people. He graduated from Wakulla High School in 1976 and immediately joined the Air Force. After almost 5 years of service, Ed left the military to attend college. Following graduation from FSU in May of 1985, he returned to the military as a 2nd Lieutenant and retired as a Major in December of 2000. Ed is a proven leader. Military commanders wrote “Phenomenal leader of first-class team” and “Epitome of ‘Service Above Self”. Since retiring, Ed has concentrated in real estate. After becoming a real estate broker, he trained to become a residential and commercial real estate appraiser, which included over 600 hours of classwork and 3,000 hours of hands-on training. Before running for office, he owned and operated his own real estate appraisal business. Ed and his wife, Tina, are members of Friendship Primitive Baptist Church in Medart, and are the proud parents of three children and seven grandchildren.
- MS/Occupational Management, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, 1990-1991
- BS/Political Science/Military Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1983-1985
- AA/General Studies, Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, 1981–1983
ED BRIMNER CAREER HISTORY AND ACHIEVEMENTS
State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, 2010–Present, Crawfordville, Florida
Real Estate Broker, 2000–Present, Crawfordville, Florida
Wakulla County Commissioner, November 2004–November 2008
Highlights included reducing the local property tax rate 20 percent during his first term, solving persistent billing and collection problems with the county-owned sewer system, and road improvements throughout the county. Served as Chairman of the Board in 2008.
-Served as vice-chair and chairman on the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Rural Caucus.
-Selected as an at-large member of the FAC Executive Committee.
-Honored with the “FAC Presidential Advocacy Award” in 2006 and again in 2008 for outstanding commitment to lobbying Florida elected leaders on behalf of all counties throughout Florida.
-Honored by the Small Counties Coalition in 2007 for “Outstanding Legislative Service” for working with legislators to write equitable property tax reform throughout Florida.
Commander, Airfield Operations, Jan 99 – Nov 00, Thule AB, Greenland
Responsible for $33M in equipment and infrastructure in an austere, arctic outpost. Inspected and approved all new construction and airfield repairs. Managed all flying operations at U.S. Air Force’s northernmost airfield. Supported seven multinational military/civilian flying organizations from the United States, Denmark, and Canada. Determined all operational requirements for all users of this Airfield. Planned simultaneous Canadian and Danish airborne resupply operations to remote arctic outposts which flew over 500 additional flights that delivered 1.3 million pounds of dry goods.
-Served as the Air Force “Quality Assurance Evaluator” for a service contract worth $53M annually.
-Recognized as “Most Valuable Player in 21st Space Wing” in May 1999.
-Earned a Meritorious Service Medal.
Airfield Operations Flight Commander, Jan 97-Dec 98, Whiteman AFB, Missouri
Led a 74-person Airfield Operations Flight. Responsible for $100 million in equipment and 4200 square miles of National Airspace System airspace. Balanced civilian and Air Force bomber, fighter, and helicopter operations. Directly contributed to 8,750 annual accident-free flying hours for the B-2 Bomber. Inspected and approved airfield construction. Served as the compliance monitor on airfield maintenance contracts.
-Recognized as leading the “Best Airfield Operations Flight in Air Combat Command” for 1998.
-Earned Meritorious Service Medal and Outstanding Unit Award.
Chief, Airfield Operations, Aug 95-Dec 96, Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Virginia
Directed headquarters support for 20 Air Combat Command bases throughout the United States. Established procedures and policies to accomplish the Air Force’s wartime taskings. Traveled extensively to inspect bases’ ability to safely meet their wartime and peacetime flying requirements. Established training and certification requirements for 300 airfield managers.
-Earned a Meritorious Service Medal and Outstanding Unit Award.
Executive Officer, Sep 94-Jul 95, Langley AFB, Virginia
Oversaw administrative procedures, personnel, and management actions for division personnel. Built, adjusted, and maintained senior officer schedules. Directed HQ US Air Force Air Traffic System and Evaluation Program, an inspection program designed to ensure bases complied with established standards. Deployed to Southwest Asia and Persian Gulf Area (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) as the Combat Airspace Chief.
-Promoted to Major
-Awarded two “Air Combat Command Architect of Airpower” for superb planning.
-Awarded the Outstanding Unit Award with Valor.
Flight Commander, Sep 91–Aug 94, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
Directed mobilization and maintenance of men and equipment for worldwide deployment. Deployed and operated five major communications systems valued at $15million. One innovative idea recognized as saving $200K annually in manpower and equipment costs. Multiple deployments to South and Central America.
-Distinguished Graduate at Advanced Communications Officer Training.
-Earned a Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Force Commendation Medal, two Air Force Achievement Medals, and Outstanding Unit Award.
Chief, Air Traffic Control Operations, Sep 89–Aug 91, Azores, Portugal
Managed a dual-nation air traffic control complex consisting of Portuguese and U.S. Controllers.
-Complex recognized as the “Best Air Traffic Control Facility in Military Airlift Command” in 1990.
-The squadron earned the highest possible Air Force Award as “Best Communications Squadron in the Air Force” in 1990.
-Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Outstanding Unit Award.
Assistant Director, Airspace Management, Sep 88–Aug 89, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
Managed airspace and controlled Air Force aircraft supporting Army force-on-force training. Stressed continuous operation on a 24-hour basis. Enhanced Army training in unfamiliar, restrictive terrain.
-Promoted to Captain.
-Earned an Army Commendation Medal for superior service.
Deputy Chief, Air Traffic Control Operations, Nov 86–Aug 88, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
Trained for and earned an FAA Air Traffic Control Certification in the busiest Air Traffic Control Tower in the Air Force. Assisted in all air traffic control management duties.
-Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
-Earned an Air Force Commendation Medal and Outstanding Unit Award.
Computer/Crypto Repairman, Oct 76–Aug 81, Texas, Michigan, and Japan
Worked in the base communications center maintaining and repairing communications equipment and crypto. Deployed to Korea for Combat training.
-Promoted to Air Force Staff Sergeant.