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The Clay County Commission appointed Keystone Heights Mayor Mary Lou Hildreth to the county’s charter review committee during the commission’s Sept. 24 meeting.

The committee will recommend possible changes to the county’s governing document which sets rules for county officers, elections and other matters.

Any changes the committee recommends will appear on the 2014 ballot for voters’ approval.

Hildreth has been mayor of Keystone for seven years.  Before moving to Clay County she was a client liaison and an administrative assistant for a South Florida law firm.

She is active in the Florida League of Cities, a member of the county’s Tourist Development Council.  She is also past president of the Florida Urban Forestry Council and former commander and current board member of Our Country Day.

Commissioner Chereese Stewart, who nominated Hildreth, as well as three other people, said she had a hard time getting applicants from her district which covers western Clay County. She had to go outside her district to fill her allotment of three members and one alternate.

Diane Hutchings, on the other hand, had 11 people from her district apply for the four positions allocated to her district. .

In addition to Hildreth, county commissioners appointed the following 14 members and five alternates to the panel.

Kimberly Martinez-Ward of Fleming Island is the director of advancement services for PACE Center for Girls. She was chair of the ambassador committee for the Medford/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, board trustee of Southern Oregon regional Economic Development Inc., a board trustee for Asanta Health Systems Foundation, a member of the Jackson County, Oregon Strategic Planning Committee, past president of the Quilt Point Rotary Club and a committee member of the Fleming Island Little League Fundraising Committee.

Diane Cook of Orange Park is a residential real estate agent with Exit Real Estate Gallery.  Cook is a member of the National Realtors Association and a past president of the local affiliate of the Auburn University Alumni Club.  She also served on the nominating committee of the Northeast Florida Realtors Association and is vice chair of its Southwest Realtor Council.  She also served on the Northeast Florida Leadership Academy and she volunteers for Christ’s Church in Fleming Island.

Patrick Arnwine is the Managing Partner for DSA & Associates LLC.  He has also worked in the administration of St. Johns River State College.

Alternate Wesley Taylor is a retired cemetery and funeral home worker.  He has been chairman of the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District and has volunteered for Clay County Fire Rescue and the Green Cove Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

Marc Jernigan of Orange Park is a real estate broker associate for Watson Realty. He is on the board of directors of the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors and the Jacksonville Parrothead Club.

Vernon Witherell of Orange Park is a retired civil servant.  He has served on the Clay County Historic Commission and the Clay County Archives Task Force and was president of the Fox Chase Civic Association.

Frank Farrell is a retired executive and a former Clay County School Board member.  Farrell has also volunteered for Guardian Ad Litem, SCORE and served on the executive committee of Dryfus College, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Alternate Richard L. Wolff is a retired civil servant in Orange Park.  He is a 35-year Navy veteran, a current member of the Professional Housing Management Association, past president of the American Society of Military Comptrollers and has served on several advisory boards.

Bryan Campbell is the executive director for the Clay, Duval, Putnam, St. Johns, and Nassau medical societies. He is a former executive producer for First Coast News.  He has been the treasurer for the Council of Florida Medical Society Executives, past president and international assembly delegate for the Public Relations Society of America’s North Florida Chapter, board member for Challenge Enterprises, trustee for the Orange Park United Methodist Church.  He is also the president-elect of the Jacksonville Mayor’s Council for Fitness and Well-being and served on the Clay County Charter Review Committee in 2009-2010.

Mary Hawkins of Orange Park owns apartment complexes and is a bookkeeper. She has served on the general services administration advisory board for the town of Orange Park.

Duane Dandrea is a labor relations officer at CSX.  He has been a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and the Fourth Judicial Court Grievance Committee. He has served on the board of Clay County Habitat.

Alternate Rosa Price of Orange Park is a semi-retired attorney.  She was also an officer in the Navy and has volunteered for Jacksonville Legal Aid.

William Randall of Orange Park is pastor of St. Simon Baptist Church. He has been president of the Jacksonville NAACP, chair of Miller Street Neighborhood Renewal Inc., a board member of the Clay County Development Authority, member of the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency advisory board, member of the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission, executive committee member of the Clay County Democratic Executive Committee and a delegate to the 2012 National Democrat Convention.

Richard Mueller of Orange Park is a retired vice president and general manager of a cemetery.  He is past president of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville and the Florida Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.  He has also served on the boards of several professional associations and was the foreman of the Clay County grand jury in 1992.

Alternate Eddie Clanton of Middleburg is a retired AT&T employee.  He was vice president of the Communication Workers of America Local 3106 and is a deacon and volunteer for First Baptist Church in Middleburg. He has also served on the board of directors and supervisory committee for 121 Financial Credit Union.

Travis Christensen of Green Cove Springs is a machinist at the Fleet Readiness Center, Southeast. Christensen was also secretary of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Northeast Florida and a member of the Middleburg Civic Association and VFW Post 8255 in Middleburg.

Kenneth Willey of Orange Park is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and a student at Florida State College of Jacksonville.

Richard W. Klinzman of Middleburg is a retired laboratory researcher.

Alternate Charles E. Simpson Jr. of Orange Park is a tax attorney.  He has volunteered for the Salvation Army, Pledge 5, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Helping Hands Pet Rescue, Two Tails Ranch, Gainesville Rabbit Rescue and the City Rescue Mission.

Also applying for the committee were the following individuals.

Joseph Riley of Green Cove Springs.  Riley is a sales representative for Fields Cadillac in Orange Park and served as a volunteer fundraiser for the Green Cove Springs Athletic Association.

Tyrone Flagler of Middleburg is recently retired from the U.S. Navy.  Flagler also volunteered to assist teachers in mentoring and tutoring elementary school children.

Lili High of Orange Park is a program developer for Florida Gateway College in Lake City. She was a board member of United Way and Rotary. She was also on the grant review panel of the American Association of University Women.

Charles Morehead is a retired computer security consultant in Fleming Island. He was a volunteer for the Boy Scouts and was president of a labor union.

Barbara Bujak of Orange Park is a retired manager at Stein Mart. She ran for state representative in 2002.

Yul McNair of Orange Park is a manager for D&M Global Services.  He was the senior manager of business development at Jacksonville International Airport and has volunteered for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Don Long of Orange Park is a respiratory therapist at Memorial Medical Center. He has been a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care, Crown Point Elementary PTA and school advisory council and Mandarin Middle School PTA.

Harold Rutledge is a criminal justice teacher for the Clay County School Board. He is a former deputy sheriff and former Clay County Commissioner.  He has been a member of the Orange Park Rotary Club and is a past president of the Orange Park Sunset Rotary Club and Green Cove Springs Kiwanis Club.  He has also been an advisor for the Florida Public Service Association, Clay County Teenage Republican Club and Clay County Sheriff’s Explorer Association.

Hutchings and Ronnie Robinson voted against the appointments of Jernigan, Witherell, Farrell and Wolff. Hutchings said her no vote was directed only at Ferrell.

“I feel that Mr. Ferrell demonstrated during his service on the school board that he was not beneficial in moving forward the agenda,” she said.

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