Thursday, October 24, 2013

Michael Swindle Takes Resigned County Commissioner's Seat

New Commissioner Appointed By Governor To Take Vacant Seat

LABELLE, FL. -- Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced the appointment of Michael Anthony Swindle to the Board of Commissioners of Hendry County.

Swindle, 44, of Clewiston, is an agriscience instructor at Glades Day School. He was previously the territory sales manager of Vermeer Southeast. Swindle received his associate's degree from Santa Fe Community College and his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida. 

He fills a vacant seat created by the resignation of Al Perry and is appointed for a term beginning October 23, 2013, and ending November 18, 2014. Al Perry resigned after a conflict of interest after having served as the Clewiston City Manager at the same time serving as an elected Hendry Commissioner.

Swindle is on the the board of the Hendry-Glades Farm Bureau and is an FAA licensed airplane pilot. He is a co-owner of Swindle Farms, LLC and Rich And Sisters, LLC. He has worked for the Hendry County School Board and sued them in 2010 over a contract dispute. The suit was dismissed in 2012.

As an agricultural operator he is one of 237 Clewiston farmers who have received U.S.Department of Agriculture subsidies over the years. His government subsidies totaled $136,539. He received disaster subsidies in 2004 and 2007 totaling $135,930 and $609 in 2007 for a conservation subsidy. The disaster subsidies covered hurricane damage for his nursery and specialty crops.

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