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Gov. Scott announces 10 state board appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced 10 appointments – including four reappointments – to a variety of state regulatory boards.

Board of Professional Geologists

Scott announced the appointments of Norman Meeks and Stanley Warden to the Board of Professional Geologists, responsible for licensing and regulating the practice of professional geology. Both are for terms ending October 31, 2017.

Meeks, 46, of Valrico, is a geologist with CRA Inc. He succeeds Mervin Dale.

Warden, 53, of Tallahassee, is a contract manager and geologist with the Department of Environmental Protection. He succeeds James Funderburk.

Both appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

North Central Florida Regional Planning Council 

Next, Scott announced two appointments and three reappointments to the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, which serves Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Union counties.

William Hunter, 59, of White Springs, is the human resources director for North Florida Community College. He succeeds Charles Williams for a term ending October 1, 2015.

Daniel Webb, 41, of Lake Butler, is a managing attorney with Vernis and Bowling PA. He succeeds Andrew Smith for a term ending October 1, 2015.

Sandra Haas, 67, of McAlpin, is an attorney. Her reappointment is for a term ending October 1, 2016.

James Montgomery, 81, of Lake City, is a teacher at Florida Gateway College. His reappointment is for a term ending October 1, 2016.

Lorene Thomas, 73, of Old Town, is a retired real estate broker. Her reappointment is for a term ending October 1, 2015.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Cape Canaveral Hospital District, Brevard County

Scott also announced the appointment of Brad Swezey to the Cape Canaveral Hospital District, Brevard County.

Swezey, 45, of Cocoa Beach, is the president of The GOAL People Inc., which provides information technology consulting services. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending August 19, 2017.

Board of Opticianry

Finally, Scott appointed of Paul Wilford and reappointed John Girdler to the Board of Opticianry, which ensures opticians meet minimum requirements for safe practice.

Wilford, 50, of Tallahassee, is an optician with the Tallahassee Eye Center. He succeeds Antonio Feroce for a term ending October 31, 2017.

Girdler, 50, of Tallahassee, is an optician with Luxottica, Sears Optical. His reappointment is for a term ending October 31, 2018.

Both appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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