The Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board voted Tuesday to elect officers for the 2021-2022 term.
Kelly Rice was re-elected chair of the Governing Board. Rice represents Citrus, Lake, Levy and Sumter counties and is a small-business owner involved in real estate, agriculture and health care. Rice was appointed to the Governing Board in September 2015 and reappointed in September 2019.
Joel Schleicher was re-elected vice chair of the Governing Board. Schleicher represents Charlotte and Sarasota counties and has used his vast knowledge as a successful entrepreneur to challenge the status quo while giving back to the community via various organizations. Schleicher was appointed to the Governing Board in May 2017 and reappointed in July 2019.
Rebecca Smith was re-elected secretary of the Governing Board. Smith represents Hillsborough and Pinellas counties and is the president and chief executive officer for both the A.D. Morgan Corporation, a construction firm and WoofGang Solutions, LLC, a facilities management software solution company. Smith was appointed to the Governing Board in May 2017.
Ed Armstrong was elected treasurer of the Governing Board. Armstrong represents Pinellas County and has been a shareholder with Hill Ward Henderson based in Clearwater and Tampa since 2013. Armstrong was appointed to the Governing Board in June 2014 and reappointed in October 2020.
The officers will assume their positions for the 2021-2022 term 24 hours before the June Governing Board meeting.
Governing Board members are unpaid, citizen volunteers who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate. The Governing Board sets policy for the District, whose mission is to protect water resources, minimize flood risks, and ensure the public’s water needs are met.