BCC elects new chair and co-chair

news release

The Board of County Commissioners elected a new chair and vice chair at today’s meeting.  Joseph Earman (District 3), a lifelong resident of Indian River County will serve as chair, while Susan Adams (District 1), of Fellsmere will assume the leadership role of vice chair.

“I embrace the opportunity to lead the county I call home and promise to serve diligently to protect our environmental resources and provide essential services for our residents,” said Chair Earman.  The Earman family has called Indian River County home for almost 100 years.  Earman is in his first term as County Commissioner.

Vice-Chair Susan Adams also has a history of family ties to Indian River County.  Born and raised in Fellsmere, Adams is the second person in her family to serve on the commission.  Her mother was also an IRC commissioner.   

“I am honored to serve and appreciate the vote of confidence by my fellow commissioners,” said Adams. “I am proud to add to our family’s legacy through hard work and commitment to excellence at every level.”

Joseph Flescher (District 2) and Deryl Loar (District 4) were sworn at this morning’s meeting.  Commissioner Flescher was recently re-elected to his 5th term.  Commissioner Loar, former Indian River County Sheriff, is filling the seat held by Commissioner Peter O’Bryan for 16 years.  O’Bryan did not seek re-election.

The new Board immediately deliberated then voted to appoint an interim County Administrator to temporarily fill the position being vacated by Jason Brown who has accepted a position in the office of the Clerk of the Court.  Mike Zito, Deputy County Administrator, will serve as Interim County Administrator, effective immediately, until the Administrator position is filled.  The Board will conduct a nationwide search.

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