With his re-election officially in the books, Gov. Rick Scott now gets back to business. Friday, he announced four judicial and eleven board appointments.
Fifth District Court of Appeal
Scott named James Edwards to the Fifth District Court of Appeal, which covers the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eighteenth Judicial Circuits.
Edwards 60, of Altamonte Springs, has been a shareholder with Zimmerman, Kiser, Sutcliffe, PA, since 2011. Edwards began his legal career as an attorney with Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell, PA in 1979. Over the course of his 35-year career, Edwards has engaged in a statewide civil trial and appellate practice. Edwards served as Chair of the Orange County Bar Association Professionalism Committee from 2010-2012.
In 2006, he received the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award by the Florida Bar. He fills a position created during the 2014 Florida Legislature.
“Throughout his career, Edwards has demonstrated an understanding and respect for the rule of law,” Scott said in a statement. “I am certain he will preside with integrity and distinction on the Fifth District Court of Appeal.”
Ninth Circuit Court
Scott also appointed Judge James Craner II to the Ninth Circuit Court, covering Orange and Osceola Counties.
Craner, 51, of Orlando, currently serves as an Orange County Court Judge. From 1996-2011, he was a sole practitioner with the Law Office of A. James Craner, PA. From 1993-1996, Craner served as Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Belvin Perry.
“Judge Craner’s service on the Orange County Court, as well as his experience as a private practitioner and an Assistant State Attorney, will make him a valuable addition to the Ninth Circuit Court bench,” Scott said. “I am confident he will continue to serve Florida families with distinction in his new position.”
Alachua County Court
Scott appointed Susan Miller Jones to the Alachua County Court, part of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, which covers Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union Counties.
Jones, 48, of Gainesville, served as a General Magistrate for the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court since 2009. From 2006-2009, Jones served as the Supervising Attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Program, and from 2002-2006, she served as an Attorney for the Florida Department of Children and Families. She fills a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge David P. Kreider to the Circuit Court bench.
“Throughout her career, Susan has demonstrated an admirable dedication to serving Florida families,” Scott said. “Her experience and knowledge will make her a great addition to the Alachua County Court bench.”
Polk County Court
Scott announced the appointment of Kelly Paige Butz to the Polk County Court, part of the Tenth Judicial Circuit covering Hardee, Highlands, and Polk Counties.
Butz, 48, of Winter Haven, practiced with Sharit, Bunn & Chilton, PA, since 1998. She began her legal career as Assistant State Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in 1991. Butz fills a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge J. Kevin Abdoney to the Circuit Court.
“With more than two decades of experience, Kelly has demonstrated a keen understanding of the law,” Scott said. “I am confident she will continue serving Floridians with fairness and honesty on the Polk County Court bench.”
Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council
Kelly Curtis, 44, of Windermere, is the vice president and general manager of Prestige Concrete Products. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2016.
Bernardo Dias, 51, of Miami Beach, is president of Central Concrete Supermix Inc. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2016.
Randy Dunlap, 60, of West Palm Beach, is the president of Titan Florida LLC. He fills a vacant seat for a term and ending June 30, 2017.
Richard Edwards, 56, of Port Charlotte, is area manager of Argos. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2017.
Adam Freeman, 41, of Orlando, is president of A-1 Block Corporation. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2016.
Kenneth “Justin” Lord, 34, of Fort Lauderdale, is president and chief executive officer of Central Broward Construction. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2015.
Troy Maschmeyer, 59, of Palm Beach, is the president and chief executive officer of Maschmeyer Concrete Company of Florida. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2015.
Antonio Obregon, 43, of Boca Raton, is the president and chief executive officer of Formrite Construction LLC. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2015.
James Painter, 63, of Gainesville, is the vice president and chief executive officer of Painter Masonry Inc. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2016.
Matthew Sitter, 36, of Orlando, is vice president of Florida Concrete & Products Association Inc. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2015.
Charles “Preston” Sparkman, 58, of Plant City, is vice president of sales with Quality Precast Company. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending June 30, 2015.