Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

County Commissioner Earns Honor of Being Its First Female 'Chairman'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

County Commissioner Earns Honor of Being Its First Female 'Chairman'

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Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer

County Commissioner Christy Fitzgerald accomplished something Wednesday that no other woman in the history of Clay County has done.

She was named chairman of the Clay County Board of Commissioners.

Fitzgerald, who is entering the fourth year of her first term in office, knew she had not blazed a trail for women when she was elected three years ago. That distinction went to another woman 32 years ago.

But Fitzgerald didn't know that she would become the first female commissioner to preside over the five-member board until after Wednesday's meeting when County Archivist Claude Bass said he had researched the matter and found that to be the case.

Bass said only two other women had previously served on the board, starting with Kathleen Murrhee, the mother of former Sheriff Jennings Murrhee. She joined the board in 1971 to fulfill the unexpired term of her husband, O.J. Murrhee, who died while in office. …

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