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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:

Mike Vallencourt
Mike Vallencourt, Chairman
Appointment: January 2014 (Governor)
Years Clay County Resident: 44
Mr. Vallencourt has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Alabama. He has served as President of Vallencourt Construction Company, Inc. since 1985. Vallencourt Construction Company, Inc. currently employs 166 people, making it one of the top employers in Clay County. Mr. Vallencourt was also selected by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce as their Business Person of the Year for 2013.
Frank Gerwe
Frank Gerwe, Vice-Chairman
Appointment: October 2011 (BCC)
Committees: Personnel Committee - Chairman
Years Clay County Resident: 41
Captain Gerwe has a Bachelor of Arts from the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA. He has also graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, RI and the Real Estate Institute (GRI). Captain Gerwe is presently employed at INI Realty Investment, Inc. as a Referral Salesman.
John Wilkinson
John Wilkinson
Appointment: October 2011 (BCC)
Committees: Personnel
Years Clay County Resident: 22
Mr. Wilkinson has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Rhode Island College and an Associate of Science in Electronic Technology from the Wentworth College of Technology of Boston. He is employed at Robert M. Angas Associates of Jacksonville. His professional experience includes 26 years in the natural gas utility industry, including serving as Northeast Florida Region Manager for TECO Peoples Gas and 5 years experience as design build energy conservation Business Development Manager with TECO Energy. Mr. Wilkinson’s professional affiliations include serving as the past chair of the Clay County Economic Development Council and as a past member of First Coast Manufacturers Association. He is also a member of the American Society of Highway Engineers, NE Florida League of Cities, Florida Society of Surveyors and Mappers, and a tutor for the Clay County Literacy Coalition.
Mona Gardella
Mona Gardella
Appointment: October 2015 (BCC)
Committees: Personnel Committee
Years Clay County Resident: 11
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.
Matthew Welch
Matthew Welch
Appointment: October 2015 (BCC)
Committees: Audit/Finance Committee
Years Clay County Resident: 30
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).
Greg Clary
Greg Clary
Appointment: October 2012 (BCC)
Committees: Audit/Finance Committee -Chairman
Years Clay County Resident: 35
Mr. Clary is President and founder of Clary & Associates, Inc. Professional Surveyors & Mappers. Clary is a licensed Professional Surveyor and mapper in the State of Florida with over 43 years of experience in surveying and mapping. Clary was appointed and served for numerous years on the Subdivision Standards and Policy Advisory Commission of the City of Jacksonville. He also served as the Chairmain for the Florida Board of Land Surveyors and as the Director of the Northeast Florida Builders Association. He is a long standing member of FSMS, SCMS, FES, Clay County Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Clay County Development Authority. Clary plays an active role in community support throughout the region, most importantly in Clay County, which is where he has resided for over 35 years.
Russell Buck
Russell Buck
Appointment: October 2014 (BCC)
Committees: Audit/Finance Committee
Years Clay County Resident: 24
Mr. Buck is a Regional Vice President with VyStar Credit Union. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from the University of Maryland. Mr. Buck has lived in Clay County for 24 years. Beyond his service at VyStar Credit Union, he supports the community with his service on the boards of Haven Hospice and the Clay County Development Authority.
Grady Williams, Jr., Esq.
Grady Williams, Jr., Esq.
Attorney for Clay County Utility Authority
Appointment: October 1994
Years Clay County Resident: Native
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 33 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), and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He also serves as legal counsel to the Clay County Property Appraiser's Office and the Clay County Development Authority.
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