Osceola County Commissioners Viviana Janer (district 2) and Cheryl Grieb (district 4) took the oath of office for their second four-year terms on Tuesday.
The ceremony was held in the third floor courtroom of the Osceola County Historic Courthouse. Looking ahead, both commissioners talked about unfinished business and goals for their second terms.
“It’s humbling to receive such overwhelming support from residents and it is an honor to continue to serve them,” said Janer. “I’m committed to improving residents’ lives by making Osceola County a better place to live work and play. That means being a champion for transportation, pushing for the creation of more affordable housing and supporting economic development, so that we create more high-wage jobs.”
Janer is the first Latina and only the third Hispanic ever to be elected to the commission. She has a background in corporate accounting and was sworn-in by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
Grieb, the current vice chair of the board and a Realtor, was sworn-in by Judge Carol Draper.
“I take pride in what I accomplished in my first term. It’s energizing to be able to take this oath and to focus on what lies ahead,” said Grieb, a former Kissimmee city commissioner, who has lived most of her life in the county. “Managing our budget while continuing to move the needle on key quality of life indicators is vital. Over the next four years, I want to continue to advocate for residents: protecting our natural resources, while providing continued educational and career opportunities for all.”
When they were first elected in 2014, Janer and Grieb made history – the first time two women have served on the Board of County Commissioners at the same time.
“Commissioner Janer and Commissioner Grieb have proven that they have unique perspectives that enhance our decision-making process. There’s no doubt in my mind that this board will continue to find solutions that positively impact our citizens,” said Commission Chairman Fred Hawkins, Jr.
Two years later, Peggy Choudhry joined Grieb and Janer as the commissioner for district 1 – the first time the board was comprised of a majority of women, something that will continue for at least two more years. The Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to select a new chair and vice chair on Dec. 3.