Gov. Scott names James Sloan to 20th Circuit Court, makes 10 other appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott announced on Wednesday the appointment of Judge James Sloan to the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court, as well naming five appointments and five reappointments to a variety of regulatory boards.

Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court

Judge James Sloan 57, of LaBelle, currently serves as the Hendry County Court Judge, serving the bench since 1992. Previously, he practiced in LaBelle with Elver & Sloan from 1983-1992, and with Massey, Alper & Walden from 1981-1983. Sloan fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Sherra Winesett.

 “Judge Sloan has proven his commitment to the citizens of Florida during his years of honorable service on the Hendry County Court bench,” Scott said in a statement. “I am confident that he will continue to serve Floridians with dedication and integrity on the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court.”

The Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court serves Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties.

Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council

Aaron Bell, of Fernandina Beach, is owner of Science First. He succeeds Larry Williams for a term ending October 1, 2015.

Lane “Harlan” Mason, of St. Augustine, is vice president of shared operations for McKesson Medical. He fills a vacant seat for a term beginning ending October 1, 2016.

Elaine Brown, of Neptune Beach, is a realtor for Killashee Investments. Her reappointment ends October 1, 2016.

Robert Sgroi, of Palm Coast, is a retired purchasing agent for the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. His reappointment ends October 1, 2015.

The appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Southeast Compact Commission for Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management

John Williamson, 51, of Altamonte Springs, is environmental administrator of the Bureau of Radiation Control for the Florida Department of Health. He succeeds William Passetti for a term ending June 30, 2016.

Williamson’s appointment is subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Construction Industry Licensing Board

Hector Castro, 67, of Weston, is senior program manager with Cast Development LLC. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending October 31, 2017.

Jason Wolf, 41, of Fort Lauderdale, is a partner with Koch, Parafinczuk, & Wolf. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending October 31, 2017.

The appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Florida Independent Living Council

Rose Lee Archer Di Capua, of Boca Raton, is a television producer and anchor with Rose Lee Productions. Her reappointment ends June 30, 2017.

Shelley Gottsagen, of Boynton Beach, is development and community relations manager at Center for Independent Living of South Florida, Inc. Her reappointment ends June 30, 2017.

John Davis, of Perry, is a youth advisor for Florida Youth Council. His reappointment also ends June 30, 2017.

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