Pasco commissioners formally said farewell to Commission Chairwoman Ann Hildebrand last week as she concludes 28 years in office. First elected in 1984, Hildebrand is retiring from the District 3 seat.
Last Tuesday, former Pasco School Board member Kathyrn Starkey was elected as her successor. Starkey's commission candidacy had Hildebrand's full support.
The county commission issued a proclamation noting that Hildebrand served five times as the commission's chair. She also has led the county's Tourist Development Board and the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the county's top transportation planning agency.
In addition, Hildebrand "advocated and supported the first referendum for the county's parks and libraries, and played a major role in acquiring an energy efficient resource recovery facility," the proclamation noted.
At Tampa Bay Water, Hildebrand represented Pasco on the board of the regional wholesale water supplier, serving as its chairwoman twice.
"She also sits on the Board of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) where she currently serves as vice-chair of the board executive committee," the resolution added.
In numerous volunteer roles, Hildebrand serves on the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation Board.
She was the founder of the Good Samaritan Clinic and has served as its chairwoman for the past 15 years.
"Commissioner Hildebrand's extensive community involvement includes serving on the Board for the United Way of Pasco," the document reads. "She is Life Time Honorary Member of PACE Pasco Center for Girls; she serves on the Board of Trustees for Morton Plant North Bay Hospital; she is a past Chairman of CARES; and serves on the Red Cross Foundation.
"Commissioner Hildebrand also serves on the Board of Youth and Family Alternatives. She is a member of the Pasco County Community Foundation; a member of Keep Pasco Beautiful, as well as past Chair of the Pasco Alliance for Treatment and Health. Commissioner Hildebrand sits on the Board of Safety Town, and is a member of the Pasco County Public Safety Coordinating Council."
Hildebrand is an alumna of Leadership Pasco, as well.
In 2010, CARES honored Hildebrand for her service of more than a quarter of a century.
Awards are almost too numerous to list. One of her latest awards this year was from the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce as Outstanding Public Servant of the Year.