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FWC Commissioners elect new leaders

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Media contact: Susan Smith, 850-488-8843

At its meeting Wednesday in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission elected Commissioner Kathy Barco, of Jacksonville, to serve as Chairwoman, effective immediately. 

"Kathy's dedication to conservation efforts in Florida, coupled with her experience serving on the Commission since 2004, will lead this commission to continued success," said Commissioner Richard Corbett. "My fellow Commissioners and I look forward to working with and supporting her in this capacity."

"I am honored to be elected to serve in this role and grateful to my predecessor for his example to us all," said Barco.

The term of Chairman is one year. Outgoing Chairman Rodney Barreto served as Chairman for six one-year terms: in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. 

Barco was appointed to the Commission in 2004 by then-Gov. Jeb Bush and reappointed in 2007 by then-Gov. Charlie Crist. Her term on the Commission will expire in August 2012.

Commissioner Kenneth Wright, of Winter Park, was elected Vice Chairman of the Commission. Wright has served on the Commission since August 2007. His term runs through August 2012.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and to support Chairwoman Barco and our Commissioners as we move forward," said Wright. "Our thanks to Chairman Barreto for his steadfast leadership and best wishes as he leaves the Commission."

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