Rick Scott announces six state regulatory appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced four appointments and two reappointments to a variety of state regulatory boards.

Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology

Forrest Masters, 37, of Gainesville, is an associate professor at the University of Florida. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

Southwest Florida Water Management District

Elijah “Ed” Armstrong III, 57, of Dunedin, is an attorney with Hill Ward Henderson. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the BayCare Healthcare System and the Tampa Preparatory School. Armstrong previously served as chair of the Greater Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Pasco Hernando Community College Board of Trustees. He succeeds Todd Pressman for a term ending March 1, 2018.

The appointment is subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

South Florida Water Management District

Melanie Peterson, 37, of Wellington, is a realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty. She currently serves on the board of directors of Western Palm Beach County Farm Bureau. Peterson previously served as a supervisor of the Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservation District and as a member of the Loxahatchee River Management Coordinating Council and the Florida Farm Bureau’s Statewide Equine Industry Advisory Board. Peterson succeeds Timothy Sargent for a term ending March 1, 2018.

The appointment is subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission

David Hobbs, 55, of Monticello, is the sheriff of Jefferson County. He succeeds Susan Benton for a term ending August 1, 2018.

Benito Arzon, 51, of Orlando, is a correctional officer with the Orange County Department of Corrections. His reappointment is for a term ending August 1, 2018.

Van Toth, 54, of Miami Lakes, is chief of police with the Hialeah Garden Police Department. His reappointment is for a term ending August 1, 2018.

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