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The Lake Worth Drainage District is governed by a five member Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors are elected to three-year terms which are staggered so at least one Supervisor is elected or re-elected at each Annual Landowners’ meeting.

Alderman

James M. Alderman, President

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Sub-District 1
Current Term Ends: January 2019
Original Appointment: February 2003

James M. Alderman was elected to the Board of Supervisors in February 2003. He represents Sub-District 1, which is generally located south of Okeechobee Boulevard and north of the District’s S-10S and L-28 canals, between the Florida Turnpike and State Road 7.

Mr. Alderman is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree. Mr. Alderman owns and operates agricultural businesses in Palm Beach County. He is a member of the Palm Beach Growers Advisory Committee, Farmers Home Administration and Florida Farm Bureau.

Mr. Alderman’s goal for the District is planning for the dramatic changes that will occur as the County transcends from an agricultural community to more urban society while protecting the integrity of the canal system in order to be prepared for storm events.

Stephen Bedner, Vice President

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Sub-District 2
Current Term Ends: January 2020
Original Appointment: October 2015

Stephen Bedner was elected to the Board of Supervisors in October 2015.  He represents Sub-District 2, which is generally located south of the District’s S-10s and L-28 canals and north of the Hillsboro canal, between the Florida Turnpike and State Road 7.

Mr. Bedner is a South Florida native and 4th generation farmer. His family farm has consisted of growing bell peppers and cucumbers which are primarily distributed up the east coast. In 2010, the business diversified and opened the first farmer owned and operated green market in Palm Beach County. Mr. Bedner is an active member of Florida Farm Bureau, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Farm Credit, Bethesda Health and was appointed by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam to serve on the Fresh from Florida committee.

Mr. Bedner’s focus is on innovative techniques for protecting water resources for the future of farming and the residents of South Florida by enabling the exchange of experience on issues such as water management tools and monitoring.

phippsJeffrey P. Phipps, Sr., Supervisor

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Sub-District 3
Current Term Ends: January 2018
Original Appointment: August 2014

Jeffrey P. Phipps, Sr. was elected to the Board of Supervisors in August 2014. He represents Sub-District 3, which is generally located south of Okeechobee Boulevard and north of Lantana Road, between the Florida Turnpike and Interstate 95.

Mr. Phipps has served in the financial services industry since 1970. He is currently the lead Wealth Management Advisor of The Phipps Group. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he worked with Janney Montgomery Scott and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Phipps holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska, and earned the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor designation from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Phipps serves as Director of Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Service Board. He is a board member for the Palm Beach County Historical Society and is a member of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Inc. He is a former member of the Palm Beach County Business Development Board Executive Committee, as well as the Palm Beach County Zoning Commission and Finance Committee.

Given his extensive financial management background, Mr. Phipps’ focus on the Board is to ensure transparency and accountability in the management of the District’s fiscal resources.

Harry Raucher, Supervisor

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Sub-District 4
Current Term Ends: January 2020
Original Appointment: May 2011

Harry Raucher was elected to the Board of Supervisors in May 2011.  He represents Sub-District 4, which is generally located south of the District’s S-10S and L-28 canals and north of the Hillsboro canal, between the Florida Turnpike and State Road 7.

Mr. Raucher obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from the University of Connecticut. He is a resident of the Valencia Falls community and serves as a Board Member for the Democratic Club of Greater Boynton. He is the past President of the United South County Democratic Club and also served as President of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, based in Norwich, Connecticut for ten years.

Mr. Raucher’s focus for the District is to continue providing outstanding service to the residents and businesses of Palm Beach County and find ways to upgrade our water system as well as improve our future water supply.

whitworthJohn I. Whitworth, III, Senior Vice President

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Sub-District 5
Current Term Ends: January 2018
Original Appointment: October 1990

John I. Whitworth, III was elected to the Board of Supervisors in October 1990. He represents Sub-District 5, which is generally located south of West Atlantic Avenue and north of the Hillsboro canal, between the Florida Turnpike and Interstate 95.

Mr. Whitworth attended college at Gordon Military College in Barnesville, Georgia and the University of Florida. He currently operates a family-owned agricultural business in Palm Beach County. He participates with various civic and social organizations.

Mr. Whitworth’s goal for the District is to develop open dialogue with the residential, commercial and governmental communities within the District. He hopes the District will continue to play an important role in the development of future water resources.

To contact our board members, please send an email to info@lwdd.net  or call our main office at (561) 498-5363.