FWC Commissioners elect new leaders
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
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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
"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.
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."