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District 5 - Kelly Owens

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2nd Vice Chair


Commissioner Kelly Owens picture 2019

Ms. Kelly Owens
District 5 County Commissioner
Okeechobee County BOCC
304 NW 2nd Street, Room 123
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Office Phone: 863-763-6441 ext. 1
Cell: 863-532-9006
Fax: 863-763-0118 
Email:  Commissioner Owens



Kelly Owens was elected to the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners in November 2016 with a term to expire November 2020.

Currently, Commissioner Owens serves on the Board of Directors with the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce as well as serving as the Chamber’s Chair of the Ambassador Committee.  

She is also on the Board of Directors for the Okeechobee Educational Foundation and the CenterState Bank Advisory Board.

As the daughter of a career military man and the wife of a Vietnam veteran, Commissioner Owens was honored to be appointed to the Florida Military Compact Council in 2009. 

She served in this position, at the confirmation of the Florida State Senate President and Speaker of the House, for ten years.

Commissioner Owens is a former Leadership Development Consultant and was responsible for assisting various governance teams throughout the state of Florida in the areas of ethics, leadership, finance, and strategic planning.  She is the past Vice-President of a family business, Bob Owens Painting, Inc. 

Commissioner Owens served on the Okeechobee County School Board from 2004-2012, the last four of those years as chairman of the board.  During her tenure, Commissioner Owens held numerous statewide leadership positions. She was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the American Business Women’s Association in 2009.

Commissioner Owens represents Okeechobee County, and has received noted awards, on the following Boards and Committees:


  • Career Source Heartland, Vice Chair
  • Small County Coalition
  • Okeechobee Battlefield
  • Value Adjustment Board, Chair

SPECIAL RECOGNITION:  Treasure Coast Business Summit Trailblazer Award, 2017

STATE/Florida Association of Counties

  • Finance Tax Administration Policy Leader, 2017
  • Health and Safety Legislative Policy Leader, 2018
  • Health and Safety Legislative Policy Leader, 2019
  • Health and Safety Legislative Policy Leader, 2020

SPECIAL RECOGNITION:  Recipient of the Annual Presidential Advocate Award, 2017 - 2020

FEDERAL/National Association of Counties

  • Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee

Commissioner Owens married Bob Owens in 1989 and, shortly thereafter, the couple chose to make Okeechobee their home.