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Apopka City Commissioner Billie Dean, the senior member of the City Council and the Vice Mayor, told The Apopka Voice he will retire at the end of his sixth term in office and will not run for re-election to Seat#1 in 2018.

Commissioner Billie Dean is retiring after six terms in office.

Dean has been a member of the City Council since 1994 when he succeeded Commissioner Alonzo Williams, who was the first black commissioner in Apopka. Dean is a retired educator that has lived in the Apopka community for more than 35 years. He is married to Isadora Dean and has five children and three grandchildren. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, served in the Korean War, and received a Bronze Star for valor.

“I just think it’s time,” he told The Apopka Voice in an interview after the Apopka City Council meeting tonight. “After 24 years I think I have served the community well and I think I have brought a lot of good to the community also. I feel it’s time for me to step aside and allow someone younger and with new ideas to step in. I didn’t want to lose my luster when I went out.”

Two candidates have already announced their intention to run for Seat #1 – Gene Knight, founder of the Social Media page “Apopka Then and Now” and Pastor Alexander Smith.

This is a breaking story and it will be updated.


  1. My husband and I have known Commissioner Dean for a very long time. He was my husband’s Ag teacher back in school at Apopka Memorial High and he knew me too, as we were going together back then, before we ever got married. One of the candidates who is running for Commissioner Dean’s seat, he is giving up, also was in the Ag class with my husband, and that is Alexander Smith. Isn’t life funny? I am truly going to miss Commissioner Dean on the Apopka City Council. He has been the voice of reason many times, while serving on the council, and I always voted for him. You know, watching the city council members in action for a long time, one gets used to their personal style, and whether you agree with them or not on issues, everything seems “right” because one gets accustomed to their ways, and personality. I wish Commissioner Dean the very best in his retirement. We do have two very good men running for his soon to be vacant seat, Gene and Alexander, so it will be interesting to see who wins. Good luck to both of you two!


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