MANATEE -- The Manatee County Commission appointed two new members Thursday to the Manatee County Planning Commission.
Matthew Bower of Cortez and Albert Horrigan Jr. of East Manatee were appointed to four-year terms. Twenty-five people applied for the board appointments.
Bower replaces retiring commission member David Wick while Horrigan replaces commission member George Mendez, who was passed over for another term after he asked to be reappointed to the planning commission.
Wick was presented with a plaque for his service on the planning commission, an advisory board to the county commission.
"I think I made a difference working with the staff here," Wick said.
Bower, of Baboo Terrace, is a firm administrator/chief operating officer/marketing officer for Luhrsen Law Group in Sarasota. He also is the president-elect of the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators and serves on the Manatee River Business Exchange Club, Manatee County Alcohol Task Force and Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition as a volunteer lobbyist. He is also a part-time charter fishing captain.
Bower received his bachelor's degree from St. Leo University in business administration and graduated from Bayshore High School in 1992. He has seven years military experience, including the U.S. Army JAG Corp, earning several medals and awards.
Horrigan, of 70th Court East, is a semi-retired real estate broker for Keller Williams Realty of Manatee, and is a specialist in urban and resort land development.
Horrigan received a degree in industrial management from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is a certified master in real estate marketing by the National Association of Home Builders.
Horrigan served on boards for more than 30 years, including the Park City (Utah) City Council, where he lived eight years and where the council led a comprehensive master plan for the city to host 2002 Olympic skiing events. He also prepared base-surface rights for United Park City Mines Co., which developed real estate between Park City and Deer Valley ski resorts.
He also served on the Park City Redevelopment Agency Board, Board of Zoning Adjustments, as well as the Utah League of Cities and Towns Board of Directors and the San Mateo County (Calif.) Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelessness. He lived in northern California 12 years.
Horrigan has lived in Florida since 1998.
Charles Schelle, business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter@ImYourChuck.