INDIANTOWN – Village council members Jackie Gary Clarke and Anthony D. Dowling were recently appointed mayor and vice-mayor. The village council congratulated Mayor Clarke and Vice-Mayor Dowling with, “We hope the coming year will bring great things.”
According to the Village Charter, the position of mayor and vice mayor are subject to new appointments from within the council members in non-election years. The mayor serves as chair of council meetings, the head of municipal government, and the ceremonial head of the village. Clarke is the fourth mayor of Indiantown.
Clarke has most recently served the community as vice-mayor since 2020 and council member since 2018. She is a lifelong resident of Indiantown and has numerous achievements, including founding the nonprofit Indiantown Community Outreach in 2000. Clarke’s passion for community service is witnessed in the annual Back-to-School Bash, the annual Breast Health Walk-a-Thon fundraiser, domestic violence education campaigns, prenatal services, community health screenings and other outreach partnerships. Clarke has received awards and recognition from her peers, the community, local and state officials. She received the Home Rule Hero Award from the Florida League of Cities in 2018, 2020 & 2021.
Likewise, Dowling was raised in Indiantown and has served the community as a council member since 2018. He helped lead the charge to Indiantown’s incorporation, marking Indiantown, Florida’s newest municipality, on Dec. 31, 2017. Dowling has many accomplishments to his credit, including 7 1/2 years of military service, earning 1st Lieutenant rank. He is heavily involved in the community, volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martin County, Harvest Food and Treasure Coast Food Bank. He also serves on the Martin County Metropolitan Planning Organization Board, The Indiantown Trust Fund Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Indiantown/Western Martin County Chambers of Commerce.
The village council also expressed their gratitude to the outgoing mayor, saying, “We would like to thank outgoing mayor, Janet Hernandez, for her work throughout the past year. We are excited to see where her continued work as a councilwoman will lead us.”