James B. Crooks


At the inauguration of the new Jacksonville city-county consolidated government in October 1968, Local Government Study Commission Chairman James Jacqueline Daniel wrote that “Jacksonville had experienced a political renaissance.” Ten years later, Jacksonville mayor Hans Tanzler declared that consolidated government was “the salvation” of the city. In 1993, at the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of consolidated government, then-Mayor Ed Austin called for rekindling “the spirit that drove the consolidation effort . . . because our form of government is the envy of cities around the world.” Tanzler, chairing that celebratory occasion, agreed, adding, “[c]onsolidation has been described as Jacksonville’s ‘Greatest Moment.’“