Jim Scholl, former commander of Naval Air Station Key West and former Key West city manager, has said he's willing to fill the county commission seat left vacant by Eddie Martinez's Tuesday resignation. (Keys Weekly file photo)

The Tuesday, Dec. 7 resignation of County Commissioner Eddie Martinez, a week after his arrest in Hialeah on domestic violence charges, leaves a hole for the governor to fill on the Monroe County commission.

Jim Scholl, former commander of Naval Air Station Key West and a two-time Key West city manager, has let the governor know he is willing to fill the seat.

“This is a bad situation for Monroe County. They’re going to need an eligible appointee who lives in the district, and I just feel like you should always give back if it’s needed and if you have the skill sets,” Scholl told the Keys Weekly on Tuesday, Dec. 7, the same day Martinez submitted his resignation to Governor Ron DeSantis. 

“All I did, through the local Republican folks, was say that I live in the district and I’d be willing to fill in,” Scholl said. “I just said, ‘Look, this is a really unfortunate situation and if you need a legally eligible candidate, I’d be willing to fill in. Some folks down here have passed my bio to the governor.

“The navy base has great relationships with the county and the city of Key West, and I’d like to think I had something to do with that,” Scholl said. “I think I could jump in and be up to speed pretty quickly.”


Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.