Clockwise, from top left: Paul Senft, Judith C. Whitehead, Hugh M. Gramling and Bryan K. Beswick.
Henry “Paul” Senft, Jr., the second Governing Board member to serve in a newly created position, took his oath of office at the March Governing Board meeting.
Senft was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to a newly created seat representing Polk County. The Governing Board was previously made up of 11 seats. Last year the state Legislature added two new seats, for a total of 13. Senft, whose term ends March 1, 2011, is a Haines City resident and the owner of Townsend-Senft Consulting and Insurance Inc. He will also serve as the co-chair ex officio of the District’s Peace River Basin Board, which represents all of DeSoto and Hardee counties and portions of Charlotte, Highlands and Polk counties.
In April, three Governing Board members took their oaths of office.
Judith C. Whitehead of Brooksville was reappointed to succeed Patsy C. Symons. Last year the state Legislature reassigned Symons’ seat to represent Hernando and Marion counties. Whitehead, the owner of Residential Appraisal Service, was first appointed to the Governing Board in March 2003. Her new term ends March 1, 2012. She is also chair ex officio of the District’s Coastal Rivers Basin Board, which represents portions of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
Bryan K. Beswick of Arcadia was appointed to succeed Thomas G. Dabney. Last year the state Legislature reassigned Dabney’s seat to represent Highlands, DeSoto and Hardee counties. Beswick, whose term ends March 1, 2012, is the grove manager for Blue Goose Citrus Growers. He will also serve as co-chair ex officio of the District’s Peace River Basin Board.
Hugh M. Gramling of Plant City was appointed to succeed Heidi B. McCree. This seat represents Hillsborough County. Gramling, whose term ends March 1, 2012, is the executive director of Tampa Bay Wholesale Growers.
He will also serve as chair ex officio of the District’s Hillsborough River Basin Board, which represents portions of Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties.