Brevard County Commission District 1

Brevard County District 1 contains the towns of Cocoa, Scottsmoor, Mims, Titusville, Port St. John, Canaveral Groves and Sharpes.

Notable named places in District 1 are: St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Indian River Lagoon, Merritt Island, Kennedy Space Center.

Commissioner Rita Pritchett

Commissioner Rita Pritchett

Commissioner Rita Pritchett has been a life long resident of Brevard County. Rita was elected to the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners as District 1 Commissioner in November 2016 and elected for a second term in 2020. Prior to serving as District 1 Commissioner, Rita was a two term Titusville City Council Member.

Rita attended Brevard Community College and the University of Central Florida. She graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters of the Science of Accountancy and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. She is the Financial Director at a local church, New Life Space Coast.

Commissioner Pritchett is encouraged with the economic growth that has occurred in Brevard County. It’s a good day to live and work in Brevard.

Past Boards and Awards

  • Space Coast Daily Humanitarian Award
  • Two Term Titusville City Council Member
  • St. James AME Image Award
  • Brevard Nature Alliance
  • Brevard County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Parrish Medical Center
  • Tourism Development Council
  • Economic Development Commission
  • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • MetroPlan Orlando
  • Space Coast Transportation Planning Governing Board

District 1 Staff

Melinda Burdette, Commissioner’s Assistant

Melinda Burdette was born and raised in Putnam County, West Virginia. She moved to Brevard County six years ago where she resides in Titusville with her son. Melinda has experience in customer service and public relations. She recently decided to pursue a career in local government and happily accepted the opportunity to work for Commissioner Pritchett.

Suzette Maners, Legislative Aide

Suzette Maners was born in Puerto Rico but has lived most of her life in Central Florida, 7 years of which were previously spent in Titusville. She has years of experience working in various business offices with 23 years in pastoral ministry. Suzette happily returned to Titusville to serve the community on Commissioner Pritchett’s team.

Cecilia Quist, Legislative Aide

Cecilia was born and raised in Brevard county and currently resides in Titusville with her husband and three children. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UCF. Prior to joining the commissioner’s staff, Cecilia worked in social services and education. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family.