Gov. Scott makes flurry of appointments to courts, Gilchrist Co. School Board, Madison Co. Commission

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Just in time for Christmas, Governor Scott is giving some Floridians the present of an appointment to a gubernatorial board.  Here are the appointments Gov. Scott made today:

 

To the Gilchrist County School Board, District 5.

Deen Lancaster, 43, of Trenton, is currently the owner of Deen Lancaster Realty Inc. Previously, he owned Smith & Lancaster Inc. from 2000 to 2004. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Education Foundation of Gilchrist County where he serves as the treasurer. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

He will fill a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning December 21, 2012, and ending November 18, 2014.

To the Madison County Board of County Commissioners, District 4.

Clyde Alexander, 63, of Madison, is currently the director of fitness and wellness and minority recruiter at North Florida Community College. Alexander previously served on the School Board of Madison County from 1986 to 2012.  He received his bachelors’ degree from Canisius College and his master’s degree from Florida A&M University.

He will fill a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning December 21, 2012, and extending for the period of suspension, not to extend beyond the term.

Daniel H. Sleet to the Second District Court of Appeal:

Sleet, 51, of Tampa, has served as a circuit court judge on the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit since 2006. Previously, Sleet practiced with Barr, Murman, Tonelli, Slother & Sleet from 1991 to 2006. From 1987 to 1991, Sleet served as an assistant state attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, and from 1986 to 1987, he served as magistrate with the City of Birmingham, Alabama. He received his bachelor’s degree from Furman University and his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law.

“Judge Sleet has served the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit with honesty and integrity, and he has a strong appreciation for the rule of law and the proper role of the courts,” Governor Scott said. “I am confident he will prove to be an exemplary appellate judge.”

Sleet will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge James W. Whatley.

Isaac J. Lidsky to the Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.

Lidksy, of Windermere, is the president and chief executive officer of ODC Construction, L.L.C.  He is a member of the bars of New York and the District of Columbia.  From 2009 to 2011, Lidsky served as an attorney in the New York office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld.  In 2008, Lidsky became the first blind person to serve as a law clerk at the United States Supreme Court, where he served first under Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and then under Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  From 2005 to 2008, Lidsky served as an attorney in the Civil Appellate Section of the United States Department of Justice.  He received his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Harvard College and his law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Lidsky succeeds C. David Hood, Jr., and is appointed for a term beginning December 21, 2012, and ending July 1, 2016.

Mathew C. Lucas as judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit:

Lucas, 38, of Tampa, has served as a Hillsborough County Court judge since 2010. From 2002 to 2010, he practiced with Bricklemyer, Smolker & Bolves, P.A. both as an associate and as a shareholder. From 1999 to 2002 he was an associate with Carlton Fields, P.A. Lucas received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his law degree from the University of Florida.

“Judge Lucas has already gained a reputation as a wise and diligent judge and as a committed public servant,” Governor Scott said. “I know that Judge Lucas will continue to serve well in his new role on the Thirteenth Circuit bench.”

Lucas will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Susan Sexton.

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