december 15, 1972

The Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida, convened in special session in the lobby of the Courthouse, Tavares, Florida, at 6:30 P.M. on December 15, 1972, for the purpose of approving public official bonds for deputies of the Sheriff’s Department.

The Chairman called the meeting to order with the following members present:  Thomas J. Windram, Chairman; James R. Carson, Jr.; and C.A. Deems.  J.M. Hoskinson and Glenn C. Burhans were not present.  Others present were:  Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney, and Frank E. Owens, Clerk of Circuit Court.


The County Attorney informed the Board that Guy C. Bliss was sworn in as Sheriff at 5:00 P.M. on December 15, 1972, by the Honorable W. Troy Hall, Circuit Judge.

Sheriff Bliss presented to the Board of County Commissioners a list of deputies which he deputized on December 15, 1972, as follows:

            Kenneth Averitt                                  Edward Mullen

            Thomas Hurlburt                                Herbert Flavell

            William Brooks                                  Mitchell Brown

            Shannon Secrease                               Stephan Simon

            John Hart                                            Randolph N. Ward

            Earl F. Gooden                                   Joseph E. Davenport

            Robert A. Lock, Jr.                             Ned A. Knuth

            Noel E. Griffin, Jr.                             Bobby F. Tanner

            Rodger E. Webb                                 John Gerber

            Donald Josefezyk                               Earl Hooten

            Carl Mabry                                         Milton Beckworth

            J. D. Bales, Sr.                                    Collis Godwin

            Doris Broadway                                  P. D. Church

            Dave Johnson                                     Jay Ramer

            Lucille Clark                                      Doris Sweezea

            Nancy Hardin                                     Connie Parker

            Marcus Peters                                     Paul Neeld

            Edward St. Germain                           James M. Hunter

            Ruth Cottrell                                       Joyce Hartkop

            Wyolene Bradley                                Foy Shivers

            Edwin Mowell                                    Clyde Johnson

            Walter Noling                                     Curtis Hobson

            Earl Bainbridge


Sheriff Bliss asked for approval of existing bonds on Deputies under Acting Sheriff Meech; whereupon, on motion of Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems, and unanimously carried, bonds on file in the Clerk’s Office on Deputy Sheriffs were ratified, and approval extended to Sheriff Bliss’ appointed term, January 2, 1973.

On motion of Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Carson and unanimously carried, public official bonds were approved for the following new deputies who entered on duty December 15, 1972:

            Bobby F. Tanner                                 Noel E. Griffin, Jr.

            Robert A. Locke, Jr.                           Joseph E. Davenport

            Earl B. Hooten                                    Ned A. Knuth

            James M. Hunter                                Randolph N. Ward

            Earl F. Gooden                                   Rodger E. Webb

            J. D. Bales, Sr.                                    P. D. Church

            Jerry L. Gehlbach                               Jimmy J. Horner


There being no further business to bring before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.