Joe Mooney passed away on January 27, 2019. Born in Yonkers, New York in 1944 to Joseph R. and Phyllis (nee DuBois) Mooney, Joe spent much of his life in public service in the State of Florida after graduating from Ithaca College in NY. Mr. Mooney worked as a planner for the Northern Virginia Regional Planning Commission. During the period 1968-1969, he served as a planner and assistant to the City Manager of Gainesville, Florida. In November 1969, Mr. Mooney was appointed by Governor Claude Kirk as State Model Cities Program Director for Miami and Tampa and in 1971, was appointed by Mrs. Athalie Range as Director for The Florida Division of Housing and Community Development. During this period, Mr. Mooney authored the bill that created the Florida Housing Finance Agency. In 1972, Mr. Mooney accepted a position with the Intergovernmental Program Office, a joint City/County office created to maximize the use of state and federal funds for community development projects. In 1976, Mr. Mooney was appointed as Escambia County's first County Administrator and brought the county into compliance with federal court orders on jail facilities, wastewater management, employment opportunity and solid waste disposal. Mr. Mooney then moved into the field of public finance working with the firms of Arch W. Roberts, Underwood, Neuhaus and Masterson Moreland, Sauer Whisman. Joe would eventually go on to serve as the sole underwriter for Florida's first insured tax increment financing in 1984. Following this, Joe would become a managing partner of Government Credit Corporation and served as the co-financial advisor on the creation of the 1985 Gulf Breeze Capitol Pool. Joe's love for the State of Florida and specifically Northwest Florida informed much of his professional and personal life.\n\nIn high school and college, he played the drums and was in a rock band that performed all over New York on weekends. He was lucky to be a substitute drummer on Broadway for the musical West Side Story. He loved sailing and was an avid Tennis Player, playing in many tournaments.\n\nJoe was a member of Casas Adobes Congregational Church, UCC in Tucson, Arizona. He was also a member of Marion McDaniel Masonic Lodge No. 56 F. & A.M. Joe was a Past Patron of Desert Star Chapter No. 54, Order of the Eastern Star. \n\nJoe was proceeded in death by his spouse of 47 years, Maureen Mooney. He is survived by his wife of 5 1/2 years, Linda Nielsen-Mooney, son Christopher Mooney (Tracey) and two grandsons, Matthew and Patrick Mooney as well as stepson Erik Nielsen (Sandy) and their children, Mikayla, Zachary and Erika, and stepdaughter Kimberly Nielsen and her daughters Bryn and Annika, and stepdaughter Alexandra Nielsen (Rob) and their son Ivar.