12/5/18 ~ Wakulla County Commissioner Ralph Thomas Elected as FAC 2nd Vice President

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Wakulla County Commissioner Ralph Thomas Elected as Florida Association of Counties 2nd Vice President

 

Wakulla County Commissioner Ralph Thomas was elected to the office of 2nd Vice President of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) today during the Association’s Legislative Conference in Hillsborough County.

“FAC equips County Commissioners with the tools needed to better serve our Counties while protecting local decision making”, stated Commissioner Thomas. “From new Commissioner Orientation to Legislative advocacy, it has been an honor to be on the FAC team. I look forward to taking this next step.”

As a member of the FAC Executive Committee, Thomas will play a key role in helping to guide the Association’s policies and initiatives.

“Commissioner Thomas is a consistent advocate for the Association and home rule through his active participation in policy committees and engagement during Legislative Session,” said FAC Executive Director Ginger Delegal, “FAC is honored to have him represent the organization as 2nd Vice President.”

Thomas joins FAC President, Hendry County Commissioner Karson Turner; President-Elect, Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox; 1st Vice President, Palm Beach County Commissioner, Melissa McKinlay; and Immediate Past President, Charlotte County Commissioner, Christopher Constance. The offices of President-Elect, 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President are elected annually.

The Association is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of one county commissioner from each state senate district (40); five executive officers; six county commissioners appointed at-large with no more than three of the six from counties with population of 75,000 or more; and the past presidents of FAC.

Founded in 1929, the Florida Association of Counties represents the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that communities and their local leaders should make the decisions that impact their community. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.