Palm Beach Atlantic University graduate Theo Neilly has been elected chief councilor of the North Eleuthera District Council in the Bahamas.
He recently was elected to his third three-year term by voters and was elected chief councilor by his fellow council members. He previously has served as deputy chief councilor since 2008 and as chairman of town planning since 2005.
The chief councilor is the principal officer of the council and presides over meetings. He or she also is the spokesperson for the council and serves as the council’s representative in matters between the council and the central government. The chief councilor also serves as a justice of the peace during his or her term in office.
"I am looking forward to serving in my new role as chief councilor and have a great team of councilors," Neilly said. "Together we hope to provide greater community involvement and opportunities for North Eleuthera."
The North Eleuthera District is made up of about 900 registered voters.
In addition to his work in local government, Neilly has served as the airport manager of the North Eleuthera Airport for almost eight years.
He graduated from PBA in 2001 with a double major in biology and political science. During his senior year, he was the first international student to be elected student government president.
Neilly also served as a presidential ambassador and a resident assistant and was a member of both the Science Club and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).
Some of his awards and recognitions included student leader of the year (2000-2001), student government member of the year (2000-2001) and outstanding student of the year – political science (1998-1999 and 2000-2001).