Gov. Scott announces 12 court, board appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott announced two court appointments, as well as eight appointments and two reappointments to judicial nominating committees and a variety of state regulatory boards.

Broward County Court

Kal Le Var Evans, 37, of Fort Lauderdale, has served as Assistant State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit since 2003. He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Joseph Murphy.

“Kal Evans’ wide experience serving Floridians for more than a decade as a Broward County prosecutor will make him a great asset on the Broward County Court,” Scott said. “I welcome Kal to his new position as he continues to serve with integrity and respect for the rule of law.”

Daniel Kanner, 49, of Plantation, is a partner with Bauman & Kanner, P.A., where he has practiced since 1998. From 1992-1998, he served as Assistant State Attorney in Broward County. Kanner fills a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Edward Merrigan to the Circuit Court.

“Throughout his legal career, Dan has demonstrated the qualities that make for a great judge,” Scott said. “I am confident that he will serve Florida families with respect and humility on the Broward County bench.”

Judicial Nominating Commissions

Fifth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Donald C. Barbee Jr., 45, of Spring Hill, is Clerk of the Court for Hernando County. He succeeds Michele Lieberman for a term ending July 1, 2018.

Charles K. Ruse Jr., 65, of Ocala, practices predominantly in commercial litigation and foreclosures. He succeeds Del Potter for a term ending July 1, 2018.

Eighth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

Norm D. Fugate, 54, of Williston, is president of Norm D. Fugate, PA. He succeeds Kathryn McLeod Lancaster for a term ending July 1, 2018.

Stuart S. Walker, 56, of Newberry, is managing partner of Folds & Walker, LLC. He succeeds Kristin Jurecko Stinson for a term ending July 1, 2018.

Adam Boukari, 29, of Alachua, is Assistant City Manager for the City of Alachua. His appointment is for a term ending July 1, 2018.

Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims

Victor Marrero, 60, of Pembroke Pines, is Director of Risk Management for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending July 1, 2015.

Eastern Florida State College District Board of Trustees

MyraHaley, of Merritt Island, is president of Suntree Partners. Her reappointment term ends May 31, 2018.

DeweyHarris, of Merritt Island, is a certified public accountant with Harris Miller & Berhardt PA. His reappointment term ends May 31, 2018.

Both reappointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Board of Trustees

Christine Chapman, 49, of St. Augustine, is a former staffing specialist for the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. She succeeds Yolanda Rodriguez for a term ending November 13, 2017.

Linda DiGonzalez, 59, of Tallahassee, is director of volunteers for senior citizens for Westminster Oaks. She fills a vacant seat for a term ending February 7, 2015.

Both appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

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