Charles Bare was elected to the City Council At-Large B seat on August 14, 2012 and currently serves as President of City Council. Charles represents the City Council on the Florida/Alabama Transportation Planning Organization, the Northwest Florida Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Eastside Redevelopment Board and the Pensacola-Escambia Development Commission.
Charles is active in the Florida League of Cities where he serves on the Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the Federal Action Strike Team. He has also completed all three phases of the Florida League of Cities' Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO).
Charles earned both of his degrees at the University of West Florida. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Administration in 1992 and Master of Public Administration in 1994.
Charles is the owner of the Charles Bare Company which provides management and technology consulting services for small businesses. Charles began his working career with the U.S. Department of Education in Atlanta where he served as both a program reviewer and criminal investigator/special agent. He moved back to Pensacola in 1997 to begin working as the Assistant Director of Governmental Relations at the University of West Florida. After two years, he was promoted to Director of Governmental Relations. He spent four legislative sessions in the state capitol advocating for the University of West Florida. In 2003, Charles was deployed in the U.S. Army for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served both in Iraq as an Economics & Commerce Officer and in Kuwait as the Director of Special Projects for the Humanitarian Operations Center, a multi-national organization. Charles also spent a year as the District Representative for Congressman Jeff Miller.
Charles is a graduate of Leadership Pensacola, Leadership Santa Rosa, and the West Florida Leadership Academy. He is a former president of the local chapter of the American Society for Training and Development.
Charles serves as a Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church of Pensacola. He is married to JoEllen, and they have three children.