Board of Supervisors

South Indian River Water Control District (SIRWCD) was established as a Special District in 1923. SIRWCD is organized and exists pursuant to Chapter 298, Florida Statutes, as amended and supplemented, and other applicable provisions of law, including a number of special acts of the Florida Legislature relating to the District, particularly Chapter 2001-313, Laws of Florida.


The District is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors who serve three-year terms. Supervisors are elected by a vote of the landowners based on parcel acreage. All Supervisors must reside in Palm Beach County and must own land in the District. Current rules dictate that at least three Supervisors must reside in the District and one Supervisor must reside in the area east of the C-18 Canal and one must reside in the area west of the C-18 Canal.


Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to the supervisors at the e-mail addresses listed below. Instead, contact the District office by phone or in writing.

Stephen HinkleStephen Hinkle

West-Side Resident

Stephen Hinkle was elected to the South Indian River Water Control District Board of Supervisors in September 2012 and was relected in 2015. He currently serves as President.

Mr. Hinkle is Ranch Director for Furry Friends Adoption in Palm City Farms. In the past he has worked with corporations specializing in new accounting systems, internal control procedures, bringing corporations into compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and establishing systems for Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting.

Mr. Hinkle is not just a land owner and resident in the district, but also is a Director for Jupiter Farms Residents; a Director for Jupiter Farms Community Parade and Events; the Land Liaison for Northeast Everglades Trail Association; a member of the Martin County Greenways and Trails Committee; a member of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC-REC); and attends the North County Land Managers meetings. He also has a working relationship with the entities managing the water and lands surrounding SIRWCD. They include SFWMD, Florida Wildlife Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (State Parks), Martin County Environmental Lands, Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management and Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation.

He grew up in Bridgeport, West Virginia, where he attended West Virginia University. He received his BS in Resource Management and MS in Agricultural Economics. While working in the U.S. Virgin Islands, he was lucky enough to meet his wife Jill, who was living on a sailboat, and their one son is a true "Island Boy". In 1993, Stephen was transferred to the Jupiter area after a promotion. He and his family first rented a home in Jupiter Farms in 1994 and after just one year, they decided to buy their current family home after falling in love with the rural life style of Jupiter Farms.

He was raised with the concept of being part of the community and he maintains these beliefs by being active in the community to not only improve his family's lifestyle, but to improve the entire community.


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Michael HowardMichael Howard

West-Side Resident

Michael Howard was elected to the Board of Supervisors in September 2016


Michael Howard moved with his family to Jupiter Farms in 1999 and quickly became active in a variety of community activities. He has served on the boards of Jupiter Farms CERT, Northeast Everglades Trails Association, and Jupiter Farms Environmental Council. He was Vice President of the Beacon Cove PTO for three years, led the Lighthouse/Beacon Cove Dad's Club for eight years, and served on the Palm Beach County School District Academic Advisory Committee. He has also served as Junior Warden on the Vestry for Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. After graduation, he worked for a landscaping company as a designer, installer, salesperson, equipment operator, truck driver, and mechanic as well as having responsibilities in the nursery production side of the business. Since moving to Florida, he has been a stay-at-home parent and an active community volunteer.

He is married to Alicia Howard. They have two daughters, one a student at Jupiter High School and the other studying Computer Science and Biochemistry at University of Central Florida.


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Thomas PowellJohn Meyer

West-Side Resident
John Meyer was elected to the SIRWCD Board of Supervisors in September 2015.

Mr. Meyer has been a resident of Jupiter Farms for over 21 years.  His experience includes over 38 years of public service, including 22 years with the South Florida Water Management District and 18 years supervising and managing permitting and enforcement related to road, drainage, and construction projects.

He has chaired committees establishing funding and operation of the G-160 water control structure in the Loxahatchee Slough and the reclamation of Unit 11 in the Hungryland Slough. He has served on the Jupiter Farms/PBCE Wetlands Task Force, the Executive Committee and Technical Advisory Group of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, and was a member of NOAA’s St. Croix Restoration/Relief Team following Hurricane Hugo in 1990. He has presented papers to the Florida Engineering Society and American Water Resources Association, as well as being a guest lecturer at Nova University. He co-authored the Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method for the State of Florida, directed the SFWMD’s water shortage enforcement program from 2007 to 2011, and was the principal author of the SFWMD’s enforcement manual prior to retiring in 2015.

He is married to Sara Anne, with one son, Jeffrey, who grew up in Jupiter Farms and is now employed by the SFWMD.                      


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Thomas RiceThomas Powell

Tom Powell has served as a supervisor since 1981. He has been an advocate of affordable permanent improvements when favored by voters. Several major road paving programs and drainage system improvement programs have been completed by the District during this time period.

Mr. Powell graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1964 and moved to Palm Beach County in 1966 where he has lived with his family. Tom designed his home in the District and his whole family was “hands on” in the building. “A great adventure for all of us,” he says.

Mr. Powell worked for McDonnell Aircraft Corporation on the Space Program in mid-60s, then worked for Pratt & Whitney at the West Palm Beach Facility for 33 years before retiring in 1999. He was responsible for managing advanced technology programs for the U.S. Government and international customers.

Mr. Powell has been a member of numerous professional and technical societies and has served on numerous special panels and technical committees.


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Michael RyanMichael J. Ryan

East-Side Resident

Mike Ryan was elected to the South Indian River Water Control District Board of Supervisors in September 2010 and relected in 2013. He currently serves as Vice-President.


He and his wife Carol-Sue have been landowners in the District since 1980 and have built two "owner builder" houses in Palm Beach Country Estates.

Mike grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then moved to North Carolina where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Carol-Sue in 1977. Mike and Carol-Sue immediately moved to Florida to start their life together. Mike enrolled in an electrical apprenticeship program sponsored by the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, where he graduated with the top scholastic award.

As a Journeyman Electrician, Mike was appointed as a delegate to the AFL-CIO and also was elected as Delegate-at-Large to represent IBEW Local 323. He has worked on many projects in the area, including the Boca Town Center Mall, the Palm Beach Post, the Palm Beach County Resource Recovery Plant (Trash Burner), and the Saint Lucie Nuclear Power Plant.


In 1991, Mike secured his Master Electrician Certification and started his own electrical contracting business, A-1 American Electric, Inc., which continues today as a State-Certified Contractor. As A-1 American Electric, Inc., Mike has done a wide variety of electrical jobs, from wiring simple ceiling fans to the complete wiring of the Peanut Island Park and the complete rewire of the Jupiter Lighthouse during its historical renovation in 2000. Representing his business, Mike is a long-time member in good standing with the International Association of Electrical Inspectors. This helps him to stay on top of the latest developments in the electrical industry.

Mike's wife, Carol-Sue, is the office manager of their business and also the mother of their two daughters. Theresa and Veronica attend our great local public schools and enjoy their country lifestyle and their dirt roads.


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Jane WoodardJane Woodard

Jane Woodard has been the Board Secretary and Recording Secretary for SIRWCD since 1980. She's responsible for recording and transcribing the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Supervisors and associated duties.

Ms. Woodard received her A.S. degree at Palm Beach Community College and C.L.A. designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.

She has been owner/president of Legal Assistance for the Palm Beaches, Inc. since 1990. She provides legal assistant services for real estate matters to individual attorneys and law firms in Palm Beach County.

She has been a resident of Palm Beach Gardens since 1979. Ms. Woodard also is a teddy bear artist creating one-of-a-kind natural fur teddy bears from recycled fur coats (i.e. mink, seal, Persian lamb, rabbit). She preserves family heirlooms and keepsakes as "HEIRBEARS" (


E-mail Ms. Woodard