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Rick Scott announces five court, board appointments

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On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott announced five appointments to a variety of courts and state boards.

Alachua County Court

Scott began by naming Kristine Van Vorst to the Alachua County Court.

Van Vorst, 40, of Gainesville, serves as General Magistrate and Judicial Hearing Officer for the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Earlier, she was a solo practitioner in private practice and fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Susanne Wilson Bullard to the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court.

Orange County Court

Next, the governor appointed Jamie Rutland Grosshans to the Orange County Court.

Grosshans, 38, of Winter Garden, is a solo practitioner for Plant Street Law, and previously served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. She fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Tanya D. Wilson to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court.

Jackson County Hospital District

Scott then appointed Keith Williams to the Jackson County Hospital District.

Williams, 49, of Marianna, is the owner of Keith Williams State Farm Agency. He succeeds Arthur Kimbrough for a term ending July 31, 2020.

DeSoto County Hospital Board

Scott appointed Pamela Vowels to the DeSoto County Hospital Board.

Vowels, 53, of Arcadia, is the owner of Vowels, Inc.–McDonalds. She succeeds Lewis Ambler for a term ending July 1, 2019.

Madison County Health and Hospital Board

Finally, Scott reappointed Howard Phillips to the Madison County Health and Hospital Board.

Phillips, 69, of Madison, is the chief financial officer of Madison County Community Bank. He is reappointed for a term ending June 30, 2019.


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