509 Griffin Blvd. Panama City Beach Fl. 32413850-233-5030850-233-5034

Director & Board of Commissioners

Director James Clauson

james@pcbeachmosquito.com Hello.  My name is James Clauson, Director of Beach Mosquito Control District, Panama City Beach, Fl.  I have been director since June, 2009.  Prior to BMCD, I was Environmental Administrator for Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control (Mosquito Control Section), Division of Agriculture Environmental Services, Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Tallahassee, Fl., Director of Amelia Island Mosquito Control District, Fernandina Beach, Fl.  Assistant Manager, Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District, Elk Grove Ca., and Director of South Walton County Mosquito Control District, Santa Rosa Beach, Fl.  Before becoming Director of SWCMCD, I flew in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves.  I have been a member of Florida Mosquito Control Association (FMCA) and American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) since 1989 and have served on various committees for the FMCA as well as on the Board of Directors.  I am the current President of the FMCA (2021) and have been on the Board for 2 years serving as Vice President Elect and President Elect. I graduated Florida State University in 1980 with a degree in Geography/Environmental Sciences.  I have over 25 years’ experience directly administering programs in mosquito control.

Board of Commissioners

Commissioner Larry Couch larshayc@hotmail.com
Commissioner Joyce Dean jybdean49@gmail.com
Commissioner Dr. John Smith docmx8@gmail.com Dr. John Smith brings an extensive scientific background in mosquitoes and mosquito control to the BMCD commission.  He is board certified by the Entomological Society of America as a medical/veterinary entomologist with over 37-years work experience in mosquito research, regulation, administration, public outreach, and education.  For 20 years, he served as director of the State of Florida mosquito control product testing center (i.e., Public Health Entomology Research & Education Center) under Florida A&M University.  He served as a member of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Coordinating Council on Mosquito Control for 19 years. He served 6 years for the Florida Department of Health when it regulated mosquito control in Florida. More recently, he served 8 years as a teaching and research professor at Florida State University Panama City providing mosquito surveillance for 14 counties in NW Florida, serving as interim director of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program, and teaching undergraduate biology/biology lab.   He has a lengthy record publishing scientific journals and public outreach documents and has presented at numerous scientific conferences.  Currently retired, he continues to offer entomological research, technical, and educational services through Public Health Entomology Services, LLC.

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