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Gov. DeSantis Appoints Michelle Bedoya Barnett, Mayor Curry Reappoints Jay Demetree to JAA Board

Published Wednesday, October 23, 2019


Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed Michelle Bedoya Barnett to a vacancy on the Jacksonville Aviation Authority board of directors, replacing Teresa Davlantes, whose second term on the board expired this month. Mayor Lenny Curry also reappointed Jay Demetree, who most recently served as board chairman, for a second four-year term on the JAA board.

Barnett is an attorney and a founding shareholder with Alexander, DeGance, Barnett, P.A. Previously, she spent six years with the law firm of Holland & Knight. She has served on the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Board of Governors since 2014 and currently serves as president-elect of the Jacksonville Bar Association. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Florida and her juris doctorate from Vanderbilt Law School. Barnett is appointed to a four-year term.


Demetree is president and CEO of Demetree Brothers, Inc., a leading full-service real estate developer and property manager based in Jacksonville, serving clients throughout Florida and the Southeast. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management. 


Barnett’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate and Demetree’s re-appointment is subject to confirmation by City Council.


JAA's Board of Directors is comprised of seven members. Three members are appointed by Jacksonville's mayor while the other four are appointed by the governor of Florida. Each board member serves a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms. In addition to Teresa Davlantes, another member, Frank Mackesy, has concluded his second full term on the board and will continue to serve until Gov. DeSantis appoints his replacement.


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