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Larry Bustle voted 2013 chair of county commission
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Larry Bustle voted 2013 chair of county commission

Manatee County Commissioners today announced they unanimously voted Larry Bustle Chairman of the Board as the 2013 leadership and official appointments took shape.

Bustle, a U.S. Air Force veteran and the former Mayor of Palmetto, has been District 1 commissioner since 2008 and was recently re-elected to a second term.

“Thank you to my fellow commissioners for your trust in me and for the opportunity to serve the county government in this capacity,” Bustle said in a release. “I’m awed by the prospects. The next four years are going to be signature years for Manatee County as we work our way out of the recession. We’re seeing a time when many things are going to start to happen.”

The election took place Tuesday, during the first meeting of two new county commissioners, at-large Commissioner Betsy Benac and District 5 Commissioner Vanessa Baugh. New chairmanships begin Jan. 1, 2013.

The County also announced Commissioner Michael Gallen was elected as the Board’s First Vice Chairman. Newly elected at-large Commissioner Betsy Benac was elected Second Vice Chairman and current Chairman John Chappie was elected Third Vice Chairman.

Commissioners also voted on 2013 officers’ positions for the other boards on which they serve. Commissioner Carol Whitmore was re-elected chair of the Tourist Development Council in 2013 and she was chair of the Manatee Port Authority. Commissioner Chappie will be First Vice Chairman of the Port Authority; Commissioner Gallen will be Second Vice Chairman; Commissioner Vanessa Baugh will be Third Vice Chairman.

Commissioner Robin DiSabatino was elected chair of the Civic Center Authority (retiring Commissioner Donna Hayes was chair of the Civic Center in 2012). Commissioner Baugh will be First Vice Chairman; Commissioner Benac will be Second Vice Chairman; Commissioner Bustle will be Third Vice Chairman.

Commissioner Betsy Benac will serve as chair of the Community Redevelopment Agency. Commissioner Gallen will serve as Vice Chairman.

Info courtesy Manatee County Government.

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