Commissioner /Mayor Pro Tem
“The Lynn Haven community is my home and I am dedicated to serving its residents to the best of my ability.” A Lynn Haven native, Commissioner Antonius Barnes has devoted his professional career to serving the citizens of his hometown. Currently serving as assistant principal at Haney here in Lynn Haven, Commissioner Barnes was first elected to the City Commission in 1996. His community outreach extends past the political and educational sphere into the spiritual realm. For the past eight years, he has served as the District Lay Leader of the Marianna/Panama City District of the United Methodist Church. Additionally, he has been a Sunday school teacher, chairperson of the Council on Ministries, and a member of the Chancel Choir. Prior to returning to his hometown, Commissioner Barnes attained a bachelor’s degree in social science and a master’s degree in European history from Florida State University. An avid learner, Barnes received a specialist in education degree from the University of West Florida and is currently working on his doctorate in educational leadership through North Central University. In the midst of pursuing his degrees, he also served as the city’s first paid communications officer for the Lynn Haven Police Department and as President of Lynn Haven’s former Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department. Outside of work, Commissioner Barnes takes every opportunity to spend time with his wife, son and stepdaughter.