The Utility Board
Chair Peter Batty (Group 2) has served on the Utility Board since 2005. He is a Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker and Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit and Family Mediator. On November 18, 2000, he was ordained as a Permanent Deacon to the Archdiocese of Miami. Mr. Batty received his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and his Masters degree from St. Thomas University. Mr. Batty is a board member of the Star of the Sea Foundation and former member of the Florida Keys Community College Board and former Vice President of the Wesley House Family Services Board of Directors. Mr. Batty was born in Salisbury, England, and immigrated to the United States in 1955. He has lived in the Florida Keys since 1989 where he raised four children with his wife, Ellen.
Vice Chair Mona C. Clark (Group 4) has served on the Utility Board since 2004 and holds the distinction of being the first elected female Board member in the Utility's history. She is a retired educator and administrator for the Monroe County School District, where she worked for over 35 years. Ms. Clark received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Florida A & M University and her Masters of Education/Leadership degree from the University of South Florida. Ms. Clark is a Board member of Womankind, Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship and Birthday Celebration Committee, Mentor for the Take Stock in Children program, and a 7th grade CCD teacher at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church. Ms. Clark also served on the Florida Keys Community College Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2001, serving as Board Chair from 1999 to 2001. She previously served as Chair of the Mayor's Revolving Loan Fund for the City of Key West and Chair of the Citizen's Advisory Task Force for the Florida Keys Housing Authority, additionally she is the past Sponsor/Director of Tomorrow's Leaders Today, past Secretary for the Wesley House Family Services Board of Directors, and past Treasurer and Vice President of the local branch of the N.A.A.C.P.
Mr. Charles A. Bradford Jr. (Group 5) has served on the Utility Board since 2006. After retiring from Commercial Banking in 2014 with almost 40 years of banking experience, Mr. Bradford is currently the Property Manager for the Monroe County Clerk of Courts. Mr. Bradford received his Bachelor's degree in Banking and Finance from the University of North Florida and has certifications in Consumer Lending, Cash Flow Analysis, and Accounting. He is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and Arcturus, and serves on a number of other boards in Key West. In addition, Mr. Bradford is past chair of the Key West Chamber of Commerce and former member of KEYS' Advisory Committee. Mr. Bradford has lived in Key West since 1980.
Mr. Timothy Root (Group 3) has served on the Utility Board since 2013. He was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and traded school, at age 17, for a trade union job building the shipyards in Philadelphia. He moved to Key West in 1987, where he started as a project manager for developer Pritam Singh's historic structures venture. Mr. Root worked on the Little White House and other downtown Key West projects. In 1998, he helped build Hurricane Hole Marina and was a part-owner for several years. Mr. Root has been a general contractor since 1980 and is currently working as the chief estimating officer for McKendry Builders Inc. He has served on the Key West Historic Architectural Review Commission, Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, and was appointed to the City of Key West Planning Board and Monroe County's Affordable Housing Task Force. Mr. Root and his wife Reta have three children and four grandchildren, they live in Key West.
Mr. Steve Wells (Group 1) has served on the Utility Board since 2015. He was born and raised in Key West and is a Shift Commander with the City of Key West Fire Department. Mr. Wells is a graduate of Key West High School and serves on the board of the Southernmost Federal Credit Union. Mr. Wells and his wife Denise have raised four children in Key West.