District 5 Commissioner: Philip "Griff" Griffitts
Philip "Griff" Griffitts represents Bay County's District 5, which encompasses all of Panama City Beach from the Hathaway Bridge to the county line and part of Shell Island.
He and his wife, Laura, have been married for 20 years and have two daughters, Katie and Anna Claire.
Commissioner Griffitts, a third-generation Bay County resident, graduated in 1989 from Bay High School. He earned a political science degree in 1993 from Florida State University in Tallahassee. He works at his family owned and operated Panama City Beach businesses, Sugar Sands Inn and Suites and La Quinta Inn and Suites.
Griff served six years on the Panama City Beach Civil Service Board, nine years on the Bay County Planning Commission and is currently serving on the Bay County Tourist Development Council. He is a member of the Bay Medical Sacred Heart board of trustees. He is also a member of the Florida State-Panama City Foundation Development Board and has served as the chairman of the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce.
In their spare time, Griff and Laura enjoy boating, golf and surf fishing.