Four supervisors sworn in for county’s Soil and Water Conservation District

One seat still open for group that protects, educates about natural resource

By Lee Wardlaw lee@claytodayonline.com
Posted 1/18/23

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Immediately after being elected into office on Jan. 3, the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors served the first day of their terms.

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Four supervisors sworn in for county’s Soil and Water Conservation District

One seat still open for group that protects, educates about natural resource

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Immediately after being elected into office on Jan. 3, the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors served the first day of their terms.

Four newly-elected officials were officially sworn into office eight days later at the UF/IFAS Clay Extension Center.

After a benediction from Rev. Luke Memminger from Grace Anglican Church on Fleming Island, District 1 Supervisor and chair of the board Ted Clark, District 2 Supervisor Gary Thigpen, District 4 Supervisor Wes Taylor and District 5 Supervisor Rod Swartz all got to work. The District 1 Supervisor post, however, remained unfilled.

“I think that this ceremony was very monumental. Our responsibility and duty as the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District is to promote and educate our community on preserving our natural resources as much as possible, and each of us will uphold that duty,” Clark said.

Clark has high expectations for the group as they begin their terms in a special county office dedicated to conserving the environment which makes Clay such a beautiful place to work and live.

“I think that we are going to make some good progress. I think that we have some new, fresh ideas. We have new blood on the board, and it looks like we are going to be headed in a great direction,” he said.

In a strong proclamation of support from the local community in the greater Jacksonville area, representatives from the Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors from both Duval and Bradford counties made the trek to attend. Tiffany Bess and Ashantae Green represented Duval County, and Bradford County was represented by Amy Moore.

The goals for the board include partnering with schools and other governing boards in the county for additional programs and providing additional outreach to the Clay community, according to Clark.

“We want to see what we can do, especially in the sense of the (population and development) overgrowth that we are about to see. We appreciate the community support so far, and we would love to see more of that. Clay County is certainly a great place to live, and one of the reasons why people love Clay is the natural resources and environment that we have. It’s a great place to live,” Clark said.

If anyone in the community is interested in pursuing the open Supervisor position, please contact Clark by reaching out via email at seat1@claycountysoilandwater.org or calling (904) 305-3049.

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