Alachua County Commissioner Ken Cornell was appointed to three Policy Committees for the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) this month by FAC President and Wakulla County Commissioner Ralph Thomas. Among FAC’s committees for the 2021-2022 Legislative Session, he will serve as Chair on the Water & Environmental & Sustainability Committee, a member on the Health, Safety & Justice Committee, and a member on the Presidential Select Committee on Broadband.
“It is my honor to serve on these committees,” Chair Cornell stated in speaking of the appointments. “The Alachua County Commission is passionate about the issues that these committees will be tackling. I am committed to bringing that passion and energy as to these committees and serve with my colleagues from around the state.”
As a member on the FAC Policy Committees, Commissioner Cornell will spend the next year curating and guiding policy initiatives that progress the Association’s mission to serve Floridians’ local interests. “Commissioner Cornell has demonstrated remarkable insight into counties’ needs as well as a broad understanding of the various challenges facing Floridians today. His voice is guaranteed to bring much-needed improvements for our communities this upcoming legislative season,” said FAC Executive Director Ginger Delegal. “Having watched his commitment and service over the years, FAC is delighted to welcome him as a key player for rallying behind local voices.”
There are ten FAC Policy Committees dedicated to local advocacy this 2021-2022 Legislative Session. They include the Finance, Tax & Administration Committee; Health, Safety & Justice Committee; Water & Environmental Sustainability Committee; Agricultural & Rural Affairs Committee; Community & Urban Affairs Committee; Federal Committee; Rural Caucus; Urban Caucus; and the two newest additions as of this year, the Presidential Select Committee on Broadband and the Presidential Select Committee on Preemption. Each committee is comprised of a diverse selection of county leadership rearing from counties small, medium, and large as well as rural and urban.
Founded in 1929, the Florida Association of Counties has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that communities and their local leaders should make the decisions that impact their community. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education, and collaboration.