Longtime Niceville Mayor Randall Wise dies at 89

Northwest Florida

NICEVILLE, Fla. (WKRG) — The Mayor of Niceville, Randall Wise, passed away Monday, January 20. He was 89-years-old. The City of Niceville says Mayor Wise was recovering from a recent fall when he passed unexpectedly at Twin Cities Hospital. 

Wise was first appointed mayor in 1971 and then elected due to charter change in 1987. He served the City of Niceville until his passing. He was the fourth-longest current serving mayor in the United States.

“Mayor Wise was a true public servant,” said Lannie Corbin, Niceville City Manager.  “He loved serving the residents of Niceville and had a passion for this community. He has helped shape Niceville into what it is today.  We are a better city and a better community because of him.  He will be missed in more ways than we could count.”

Mayor Wise served as an Honorary Captain at Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and Duke Field.  The city says he was an avid reader and Friend for Life of the Niceville Public Library.  He has served on a number of boards and committees throughout the state, including a stint as President of the Florida League of Cities.  In 1997, the Florida League of Cities presented Mayor Wise the 20th Annual E. Harris Drew Award for his contributions to the cities of Florida.

The city asks that everyone keep Mayor Wise’s wife, Helen, and his family members in your thoughts during this difficult time. 

The City of Niceville will be flying its flag at half-mast in honor of Mayor Wise.  Mayor Wise will lie in state at the Niceville Council Chambers Wednesday, Jan. 22, and Thursday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Visitation will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at First Baptist Church of Niceville, and the funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.

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