Gov. Rick Scott announces ten Thanksgiving appointments

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As America settles in for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Gov. Rick Scott gives seven Floridians another reason to be thankful today, with the announcement of one judicial and five board appointments, as well as four reappointments.

Fourth Judicial Circuit Court

Scott appointed Judge Angela Cox to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court, which serves Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties.

Cox 42, of Jacksonville, has served as Duval County Court Judge since 2005. In 1998, she began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Cox is a mentor with Take Stock in Children, as well as serving as a Florida Judicial College faculty member since 2010. She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Chief Judge Donald R. Moran, Jr.

“As a County Court judge, Judge Cox has demonstrated dedication to serving Florida families with dignity and integrity,” Scott said. “I am confident she will continue to honorably serve as a Circuit Court Judge to families in the Fourth Judicial Circuit.”

Florida Citrus Commission

Dan Casper, 57, of Fort Myers, is vice president of procurement, sales, and marketing for Southern Gardens Citrus. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Ellis Hunt Jr., 61, of Babson Park, is the president of Hunt Brothers Inc. His reappointment ends June 30, 2017.

Martin McKenna, 59, of Sebring, is the owner of McKenna Associates Citrus Inc. His reappointment ends June 30, 2017.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Monroe County Housing Authority

Richard Toppino, 53, of Key West, is treasurer of Charles Toppino & Sons and vice president of Monroe Concrete Products. He succeeds David Purdo for a term ending October 2, 2016.

Aaron Castillo Sr., 51, of Key West, is a funeral director of Florida Keys Funeral Services. His reappointment ends September 30, 2017.

Carey Goodman, 39, of Cudjoe Key, is a mediator. Her reappointment ends October 6, 2018.

Hamilton County Memorial Hospital Board

Josh Altman, 31, of Jennings, is the owner and manager of Jasper Auto Supply. He succeeds Jacqueline Williams for a term ending January 22, 2016.

Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority

John Garcia, 48, of Tampa, is the president and chief executive officer of World Wide Medical Services Inc. He succeeds Stephen Diaco for a term ending July 1, 2018.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Julian “Ed” Fouché, 66, of Windermere, is a retired senior vice president for Disney Destinations. He previously served as chair of the board for Visit Florida and as a board member of the Florida Commission on Tourism. Fouché’s term ends April 16, 2018.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.



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