Lakewood Ranch CDD 2 chooses new supervisor for vacant seat

kmoschella@bradenton.comApril 16, 2014 

Former Watercrest Condo Board President Jerry Twiggs is seeking to replace Kathleen Grant as treasurer of Community Development District 2 in Lakewood Ranch.KATHRYN MOSCHELLA/Bradenton Herald

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- A candidate to fill the Community Development District 2 treasurer's position left vacant by the resignation of Kathleen Grant last month is expected to be sworn in at Thursday's board meeting at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall.

The board will take a formal vote before the official swearing in.

At a workshop Tuesday, CDD 2 supervisors heard presentations from Jerry Twiggs and Harry Emmermann, two candidates who met all the requirements, which include being a legal Florida and CDD 2 resident and a registered Manatee County voter.

Twiggs, who has lived in Watercrest Condominiums since 2008, resigned as president from the Watercrest Condo Association to run without any conflict for the CDD 2 treasurer's seat. Twiggs

is chief operating officer of Peace River Electric Cooperative, responsible for engineering, operations and information systems.

Originally from Alabama, he received his law degree and license there and served as an attorney with a law firm in Montgomery, Ala., working in the energy and business law sectors until his taking his position at the Wauchula-based utility.

"Anything I can do to contribute to the community I'm willing to do because I love living in Lakewood Ranch," Twiggs told CDD 2 supervisors.

He said his full-time job will not interfere with his role as supervisor since he has given notice he will retire next year. Twiggs also said he intends to run for re-election in November when his term officially expires and he can run for a four-year term.

Harry Emmermann has lived in Lakewood Ranch since 2001 in The Moorings and is a former board member. Originally from Milwaukee, Emmermann, who is retired, held several government positions in Milwaukee County and Maryland (Baltimore) County and city government in finance, planning, purchasing, operations, fleet management and maintenance.

When asked by supervisors why he wants to be in government again, Emmermann replied: "I want to do what I can to benefit Lakewood Ranch because it's our home and I'm addicted to it."

The commissioner consensus was Twiggs would be a good balance for Grant's seat based on his financial and legal acumen and his representation of the condominiums.

"If he has a willingness to take the treasurer on, it's a pretty important part of our board and he has to be willing to spend some time with it," said CDD 2 Vice Chairman Thomas Green.

In other news:

• Jane Bruyer, secretary of CDD 6, is expected to be voted to the board of the Inter-District Authority, replacing vice chairman Richard Williams, who has been traveling overseas.

• Bob Burstein resigned as CDD 6 chairman in March but said he would stay on as a supervisor. Burstein's four-year term as chairman expires in October. The board is expected to approve a resolution designating new officer titles at its meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday in Lakewood Ranch Town Hall.

Kathryn Moschella, Lakewood Ranch reporter can be reached at 941-745-7010. Follow her on Twitter @MoschellaHerald.

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