By Tamas Mondovics

Hillsborough County Commissioners Kevin Beckner, Victor D. Crist, Al Higginbotham, Lesley “Les” Miller, Jr. and Sandra L. Murman are now refocusing on the job they were once again given.The five public servants took their oaths of office last month during the Board of County Commissioner’s investiture ceremony.

While Beckner, Crist, Miller and Murman are each starting a second term of office, voters helped Higginbotham return to his third term of office, by defeating his opponent Mark Nash.

Following the investiture, County Commissioners held their annual organizational meeting, during which time, Commissioner Ken Hagan was chosen to serve as chair for the fifth time.

The board also voted to retain Commissioner Murman as vice chair and Commissioner Miller as the chaplain.

“Although I had no opposition, I am glad that it is over and that I can fully focus on the important issues affecting our citizens,” Murman said during a recent public meeting.

These boards and councils appointments include:


Arts Council & Aviation Authority– Crist

Children’s Board – Beckner

Emergency Policy Group – Hagan, Murman, Crist

Environmental Protection Commission – Beckner, chair; Miller, vice chair

Expressway Authority –  Miller

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority – Beckner, Murman, Sharpe

Hospital Authority – Miller, Murman

Metropolitan Planning Organization – Beckner, Miller, Murman, Sharpe

Port Authority – Murman                                             Southwest Florida Water Management District Liaison & Tampa Bay and Company– Hagan

Tampa Bay Estuary Program Policy Board – Beckner

Tampa Bay Partnership for Regional Economic Development – Sharpe

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council – Crist

Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority – Hagan

Tampa Bay Water – Murman, Sharpe

Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance – Murman

Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation & Tampa Sports Authority– Hagan

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