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Board of County Commissioners for Collier County

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Board of County Commissioners for Collier County

That is the fifth of several articles in a “Be a More Informed Voter” series by Sandy Parker of Sparker’sSoapbox that may appear within the Naples Each day News in the approaching months. With the 2024 election season just across the corner, now’s an incredible time to learn concerning the individuals who represent Collier County in government, lots of whom are looking for reelection this 12 months.

This text looks on the members of Collier County’s Board of County Commissioners. What’s the Board of County Commissioners? The five-member Board of County Commissioners (BCC) is Collier County’s governing body. Each January, the Board elects a chair as its presiding officer.

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Each commissioner is elected by voters of their district for a four-year term. Terms are staggered, with three seats on the ballot in presidential election years and two seats on the ballot during midterms. What do county commissioners do, and the way much are they paid? County commissioners are accountable for setting policies that protect residents’ and visitors’ health, safety, welfare, and quality of life. This includes approving the county government’s annual operating budget and capital improvements program and making local laws and ordinances. Also they are accountable for the county’s taxation, human services, public safety, land use and development decisions, roadways, and traffic, water quality, water treatment, and solid waste, in addition to coordination with federal, state, city, and faculty district partners on lots of these matters. Commissioner salaries are calculated using a state formula based on county population. For the fiscal 12 months 2023-24, a Collier County commissioner’s salary is $103,414. When and where do they meet, and where can I find the agendas? The BCC meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, except in November and December, when it meets only on the second Tuesday. The meetings are held within the County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, and are open to the general public. Also they are aired survive Collier Television and available online at colliercountyfl.gov. Meeting agendas are generally published on colliercountyfl.gov the Thursday…

Collier County Commissioner Districts.

Who represents District 1? Republican Rick LoCastro (age 57) was elected in 2020 and seeks reelection for a second term. A U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and retired Air Force colonel, he held leadership positions at Physicians Regional Medical Center and Avow Hospice. Who represents District 2? Republican Chris Hall (age 62) was elected in 2022. He worked in electrical wholesale and network marketing before turning to real estate investing in 2000. Who represents District 3? Republican Burt Saunders (age 75) served as county attorney, two prior terms as county commissioner, two terms as a state representative, and ten years as a state senator before returning to the county commission in 2016. Of Counsel on the GrayRobinson Law Firm, he seeks reelection to a 3rd term. Who represents District 4? Republican Dan Kowal (age 56) was elected in 2022. He served as a U.S. Army Combat Medic, with the U.S. Capitol Police’s Dignitary Protection unit, and with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Who represents District 5? Republican Bill McDaniel (age 63) was first elected in 2016, reelected in 2020, and seeks reelection to a 3rd term. He founded and manages a realty company, a mining company, and a recreational park and was previously within the banking business.

Where can I learn more? For more information, read my Board of County Commissioners Primer at sparkers-soapbox.com/the-collier-county-board-of-county-commissioners.

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