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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Senate Confirms Board Members and Executive Director

district updateToday, the Florida Senate confirmed the appointments of Richard Schwab and Charles Keith to the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board (Board), and also confirmed Hugh Thomas as executive director of the District.

Water management district governing board members are subject to Senate confirmation based on dates of appointment, while executive directors are subject to be confirmed as a new hire or upon a change in administration in the Executive Office of the Governor.

Schwab and Keith were appointed to the Board in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Each was reappointed to their posts in 2019 by Governor DeSantis. Now confirmed, their terms extend until March 2022 for Keith and March 2023 for Schwab.

Thomas was appointed as the executive director in July 2017 by the Board. Now confirmed under the new administration, he will continue to serve at the pleasure of the Board to carry out the core mission areas of the District.

For more information about the District and its governing board members, including background information, visit

The mission of the Suwannee River Water Management District is to protect and manage water resources using science-based solutions to support natural systems and the needs of the public. The District holds true to the belief of water for nature, water for people. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties. 

For more information about the District, visit or Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or Twitter, search @SRWMD.


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