LIBERTY COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A Big Bend commissioner is the first Florida county commissioner to pass away from COVID-19.
According to Florida Association of Counties President Mary McKinlay, county commissioner Dexter Barber passed away early Wednesday morning.
Florida has lost her first county commissioner to COVID. Commissioner Dexter Barber from Liberty County passed away early this morning. We are currently gathering details & ask you to keep the Barber family in your prayers. @flcounties @NACoTweets— Melissa McKinlay (@VoteMcKinlay) August 5, 2020
Liberty County Sheriff Eddie Joe White shared the following statement on Facebook about the commissioner's passing:
"It was with deep sadness that Sheriff Eddie Joe White received the news of the death of County Commissioner Dexter Barber. Commissioner Barber served our community faithfully for many years. Commissioner Barber’s passing is a huge loss for our community and the Board of County Commissioners.
Commissioner Barber’s death reaffirms the seriousness of this pandemic our community faces. Again, I ask that everyone do their part to stop the spread of this disease and keep each other safe.
During this time, please continue to support the individuals and families battling this disease. We continue to lift-up these families in prayer."
Eddie Joe White, Sheriff
This is a developing story. Stay with us for details.