At the recent November 21 Special Reorganizational Meeting of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), notable changes in leadership roles took place. District 2 Commissioner Sarah Arnold was unanimously elected as the new chair, while District 3 Commissioner Roy Alaimo was unanimously elected as vice chair. Both will serve one-year terms in their respective roles.
Chair Arnold, who previously held the position of Vice Chair, expressed gratitude for the opportunity and voiced her dedication to guiding St. Johns County’s progress. Arnold says she is deeply invested in the community. She’s involved in various local organizations, including serving on the Tristyn Bailey Foundation’s board, actively participating in the Rotary Club of St. Johns, and volunteering with United Way of St. Johns County, Habitat for Humanity, and the Dream Big! Foundation. With a history of service, Arnold previously served as the director of resource development for the United Way of St. Johns County and was recognized as a St. Augustine Record ’40 Under 40′ honoree. A lifelong Floridian, Arnold and her husband, Casey, raise their four children in District 2.
Vice Chair Alaimo, appointed to the BOCC by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2022, brings a wealth of experience. Having previously worked for Congressman DeSantis as a district representative and served on the St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Authority board, Alaimo is a recognized job creator with several small businesses in the county. He’s actively involved in numerous local organizations, including the St. Augustine Rotary, Fraternal Order of Police, Knights of Columbus, Northeast Florida Builders Association, and St. Johns County Sports Club. Recognized as a St. Augustine Record ’40 Under 40′ nominee, Alaimo holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Florida. He resides in St. Augustine with his wife, Jennifer Alaimo, a local teacher, along with their son Gavin and daughter Hailey.