Florida Association of Counties

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The Florida Association of Counties is a government sector lobbying associations in Florida. It is the Florida chapter of the National Association of Counties. It is a 501(c)(4) organization.[1]

The Florida Association of Counties is made up of all 67 Florida counties represented by 377 county commissioners. The association also includes appointed county officials including administrators/managers, attorneys and other professional county government personnel.[2]

Self-proclaimed mission: "The mission of the Association is to preserve and promote democratic principles by working to keep appropriate authority at the level of government closest to the people, and to increase the capacity of Florida counties to effectively serve and represent the citizens of the state through legislative action, education of public officials, and enhancement of public awareness about the role and functions of county government."[2]

The FAC serves as a consultant for counties, as well as represents "the concerns of Florida's county governments." It provides the services of a loan pool, an investment pool, a retirement savings plan, a money market fund, insurance services, purchasing services and a cost savings plan. In 1990 the FAC established a private, non-profit corporation, the Florida Counties Foundation, to provide education, training, and technical assistance to appointed and elected county officials.[2]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

See also: Florida government sector lobbying

The Florida Association of Counties has a registered lobbyist with the Florida Executive.[3]

Income and Expenses

Florida Association of Counties
Year Total Expenses Total Income Membership dues
(included in Total Income)
2006[1] $3,991,215 $4,371,827 $1,772,175
2005[4] $3,554,142 $4,094,789 $1,682,287
2004[5] $3,387,671 $3,682,913 $1,609,625


The Executive Director conducts the daily business of the Association and hires the members of the FAC staff.[2]

A board of directors governs, sets policy for, and approves an annual budget for the FAC. The board of directors is composed of one county commissioner from each state senate district (forty in total), five executive officers, six county commissioners appointed at-large (no more than three of the six can be from counties with population of 75,000 or more), and the past presidents of the FAC. Other voting members of the board of directors include the chairpersons or designees of the Florida Counties Foundation, Florida Association of Counties Trust, Florida Local Government Investment Trust, Florida Local Government Finance Commission, if county commissioners.[2]

Executive officers that make up the Executive Committee: President, President-Elect, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, and the Immediate Past President. These officers conduct the association's business between board meetings (4 to 6 times a year). They are also responsible for recommending the hiring of an Executive Director for approval by the Board of Directors.[2]

FAC officers and directors

The following were 2008-2009 officers and commissioners for the 40 Florida districts.[6]

  • President: Commissioner Rodney Long
  • President-Elect: Commissioner Ilene Lieberman
  • First Vice President: Commissioner Doug Smith
  • Second Vice President: Vacant
District County Commissioner
1 Putnam County Chip Laibl
2 Santa Rosa County Bob Cole
3 Dixie County Marvin Hunt
4 Santa Rosa County Gordon Goodin
5 St. Johns County Cyndi Stevenson
6 Franklin County Cheryl Sanders
7 Marion County Stan McClain
8 Volusia County Joie Alexander
9 Seminole County Brenda Carey
10 Polk County Samuel Johnson
11 Citrus County Gary Bartell
12 Hillsborough County Ken Hagan
13 Pinellas County Ken Welch
14 Alachua County Lee Pinkoson
15 Polk County Jean Reed
16 Pinellas County John Morroni
17 Hardee County Minor Bryant
18 Manatee County Donna Hayes
19 Osceola County Fred Hawkins, Jr.
20 Marion County Barbara Fitos
21 DeSoto County Ronald Neads
22 Orange County Tiffany Russell
23 Sarasota County Jon Thaxton
24 Seminole County Michael J. Mclean
25 Palm Beach County John "Jeff" Koons
26 St. Lucie County Paula Lewis
27 Hendry County Janet Taylor
28 Martin County Patrick Hayes
29 Palm Beach County Shelley Vana
30 Vacant Vacant
31 Broward County Stacy Ritter
32 Broward County Josephus Eggelletion
33 Miami-Dade County Sally Heyman
34 Broward County Kristin Jacobs
35 Broward County Sue Gunzburger
36 Miami-Dade County Katy Sorenson
37 Collier County Frank Halas
38 Miami-Dade County Carlos Giminez
39 Monroe County George Neugent
40 Miami-Dade County Audrey Edmonson


Florida Association of Counties organizes an annual Legislative Day conference during the legislative session for county officials to attend a briefing on legislation important to counties and meet with state lawmakers.

Florida Association of Counties brings together its Legislative Policy Committees for its Policy Committee Conference to examine the Association's agenda for the next legislative session.

Florida Association of Counties membership and the Legislative Policy Committees meet at the Legislative Conference to finalize recommendations and adopt the Association’s legislative agenda for the upcoming legislative session.

Annual conference

The Florida Association of Counties' largest event of the year is their Annual Conference where more than 600 county officials attend educational workshops with a 100+ sponsors' booth exposition.

The 2009 Annual Conference was the 80th in FAC's history. It included the installation of Alachua County Commissioner, Rodney Long, as the 2009-2010 FAC President, the awarding of the Marlene Young Advocacy Award to Palm Beach County Commissioner, Karen Marcus, the awarding of ten commissioners with the Presidential Advocacy Award for contributing to the 2009 legislative session, the speeches of HUD Deputy Secretary, Ron Sims, and Former Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Philip Mangano, the certification of 30 county commissioners who committed the time to complete the necessary courses to be declared as either a Certified County Commissioner (CCC) or Advanced County Commissioner (ACC), the awarding of the Legislative Leadership Award to Senator J.D. Alexander and a motivational speech by speaker and professional coach Michael Staver "on the importance of courage during tough times."[7]

Criticisms of the annual conference

Registration fees cost $325 per commissioner and rooms go for the reduced event rate of $149 per night. Extras, such as a golf outing for $99 and a sunset dinner cruise $50 can add to the cost.[8] Palm Beach County Administrator Bob Weisman estimated that the yearly Florida Association of Counties costs taxpayers $10,000.[9][10]

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