About CCUA


The Clay County Utility Authority is governed by a seven-member Board known as the Board of Supervisors. The Board Members are required to be ratepayers of the Clay County Utility Authority’s utility system. Individual supervisors may serve no more than two consecutive 3-year terms, not including the initial term of the members appointed in this act. Six of the Board Members are appointed by the Clay County Board of County Commissioners (“BCC”) and one is appointed by the Governor of the State of Florida (“Governor”).

The Clay County Utility Authority was created as an independent special district by the Florida Legislation in 1994 (F.S. 94-491).

Our current Board Members are:

Mona Gardella
Mona Gardella - Chairman
Appointment: October 2015 (BCC)
Ms. Gardella earned a Bachelor of Arts in Early Education from the University of Kentucky. She is currently employed as the Director of Market Development for Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty in Fleming Island. Ms. Gardella has a significant amount of experience in matters dealing with real estate. She currently serves on the Thunderbolt Elementary School Advisory Council, Green Cove Springs School Advisory Council, the Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise, and the Orange Park United Methodist Church Board of Trustees.
Walter Kloss
Walter Kloss - Vice-Chairman
Appointment: October 2017 (BCC)
Committees: Personnel - Chairman
Mr. Kloss holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, and is a Florida Registered Professional Engineer. He has been the Vice President of Wantman Group, Inc. since 2011. Mr. Kloss’ professional affiliations include, Clay County Transportation Infrastructure Funding Study Group 2014, Board of Directors for Clay YMCA from 2010-2017, National Society of Professional Engineers/Florida Engineering Society since 1992, Graduate of FICE Florida Engineering Leadership Institute 2008, and Member of American Society of Engineers, American Society of Highway Engineers and Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers.
Wendell Davis
Wendell Davis
Appointment: October 2017 (BCC)
Committees: Audit/Finance - Chairman
Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the College of Human Performance at the University of Florida. He has been employed at Watson Realty Corp. for over 26 years and currently serves as an Executive Vice President. Mr. Davis is also President of Watson Maintenance Services. His professional affiliations include serving as President of Florida Realtors—the largest Trade Association in Florida, Past President of Clay County Chamber of Commerce, Trustee for St. Johns River State College, Trustee for Orange Park Medical Center, and served two terms as Clay County Commissioner including as its Chairman twice. Mr. Davis’ background also includes serving as an Officer in the Army, and as a High School and College Football Coach for many years.
Matthew Welch
Matthew Welch
Appointment: October 2015 (BCC)
Committees: Audit/Finance, Personnel
Mr. Welch earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently employed as the President and Chief Operations Officer of Elkins Constructors, Inc. Mr. Welch has been employed with Elkins Constructors, Inc. for 31 years. Beyond his wealth of experience in the construction industry, Mr. Welch has served Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors (2009-2015), the Clay County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2002-2006), the Clay County Development Authority (2007-2015, 2011-2013 as chairman), The Players Tournament (2008-present, Volunteer Committee Chairman), the Catholic Charities Board of Directors, and the YMCA Board of Directors (2005-2012, both Clay and Duval Counties).
Jim Starnieri
Jim Starnieri
Appointment October 2018 (BCC)
Committee: Personnel
Mr. Starnieri is a long-time resident of Clay County. He retired from AT&T after 35 years of service. Mr. Starnieri has extensive experience in project management, managing budgets, contracts, vendors and bids. He is active in the Clay County community and has volunteered his time with the YMCA and served on the Clay County YMCA Board of Directors.
Darin Roark
Darin Roark
Appointment: October 2019 (BCC)
Committee: Audit/Finance
Mr. Roark earned a Bachelor of Business in Marketing from North Central College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Wisconsin, and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. He is currently employed by Baptist Health as the Vice President of Ambulatory Campuses and System Emergency Services. Mr. Roark actively serves the community and is the current Chairman of the Board for the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Fellow for the American College of Healthcare Executives and former board member of Penney Retirement Community and Gateway Services.
Grady Williams, Jr., Esq.
Grady Williams, Jr., Esq.
Attorney for Clay County Utility Authority
Appointment: October 1994
Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University, a J.D. from the University of Georgia, and an LL.M. from the University of Florida. He has 36 years of law practice experience in Texas and Florida, and professional affiliations with the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, The State Bar of Texas (inactive), U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (President-Elect). He also serves as legal counsel to the Clay County Property Appraiser's Office.
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