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Five applicants so far to fill Jane’s seat

By Staff | Mar 17, 2010

One week after the death of Lee County Commissioner Bob Janes, five people have submitted applications seeking an appointment to the vacant seat.
Janes died March 10 at age 78. He represented District 1, which includes Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral and Pine Island. Gov. Charlie Crist plans to pick someone to fill the seat until the November election, when voters in Lee can elect a new commissioner to finish Janes¹ term. His term expires in
2012.
According to documents provided by the governor’s office Wednesday, four men and one woman had applied for the appointment.
The applicants are: Wayne Daltry, former director of Smart Growth for Lee County; Bruce J. Scott, former state representative and Lee commissioner; John Manning, a former county commissioner and Cape Coral council member; Richard Hoffman, a deputy sheriff with the Lee County Sheriff¹s Office; and Carletha Griffin, the owner of a consulting business.
Daltry, 62, of North Fort Myers, served as the Smart Growth director from 2002 until his retirement in 2010. He was a director/planner for Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council from 1975-2002, the documents state. He is the chairman of the Lee County Local Planning Agency and a member of the
Coastal Citizens Advisory Committee and Member Working Group.
Scott, 76, of North Fort Myers, was a state representative for Lee County from 1960-64 and served as a Lee commissioner from 1964-72, according to the documents. He will not run for the District 1 seat in November and is only willing to fill out the remainder of Janes’ term to “make a level playing
field for those who will run” for the seat.
Manning, 59, of Cape Coral, served as a Cape council member from 1982-86. He was appointed by former Gov. Bob Martinez to the Lee County Commission in 1988 and served until 2000, the documents state. A former president of the Florida Association of Counties, he served on various boards along with the National Committee, Finance & Taxation Committee.
Hoffman, 51, worked for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office from 1982-2007, at which point he retired. He rejoined the agency in May 2009 and currently is a deputy sheriff, according to the documents. Hoffman is “concerned about the budget and reduction of tax revenue” and thinks “government needs to return to basics instead of overpasses and beautification projects.”
Griffin, 54, of Fort Myers, has worked for the Fort Myers Police Department, city of Fort Myers and Lee County. She has been self-employed since 2004, the owner of C.E. Griffin & Associates, the documents state. Griffin served as president of the Lee County Branch of the NAACP and was a member of the
Southwest Florida District of the Florida Association of MBE Officials.