ORANGE COUNTY — The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) selected Commissioner Kelly Owens to serve as the Vice‐Chair of the Agriculture Legislative Committee on July 1, 2022 at the association’s annual business meeting held in Orange County. This committee is tasked with developing and recommending an annual statewide legislative platform for counties based on the issue areas under their jurisdiction the committee primarily will consider an address issues including, but not limited to, the following: agriculture, rural development programs, rural infrastructure, rural housing, fiscally constrained counties and food access.
In addition, Commissioner Owens was presented the Presidential Advocate award for having served this past year as the Chair of the Finance, Tax and Admin Legislative Committee. In honor of her serving in this capacity, the Small County Coalition also recognized her service as the Chair of the Finance, Tax and Admin Legislative Committee.
Finally, the Chair of the Florida Association of Counties Finance & Audit Committee, Commissioner Bill Truex of Charlotte County, selected Commissioner Kelly Owens as a committee member on the FAC Finance & Audit Committee. This committee is charged with oversight of the Association’s audit and budget function and was established for the purpose of ensuring that financial disclosures made by Association management reasonably portray the Association’s financial condition. This appointment is for one year and was unanimously approved at the Florida Association of Counties Board of Directors meeting on June 29, 2022.
The composition of the 2022‐23 committee includes Commissioner Kelly Owens, and eight other Florida Commissioners: Commissioner Bill Truex, FAC President Elect, Charlotte County; Commissioner Michael Udine, Broward County; Commissioner Donald O’Brien, Flagler County; Commissioner Arlene Tuck, Highlands County; Commissioner Michelle Stone, Marion County; Commissioner Aaron Bell, Nassau County; Commissioner Kelly Owens, Okeechobee County; Commissioner Sam Parker, Santa Rosa County; and Commissioner Rene Flowers, Pinellas County.