MEET JOE

I have spent my entire life here in Indian River County. I am a third generation Indian River County resident and a fifth generation Floridian.
My great-great grandfather John Sites Earman moved from Tavares, Florida to Palm Beach County in the late 1800’s and went to work for Henry Flagler developing Florida’s east coast. He became the first mayor of what is now known as West Palm Beach and had a Lake Worth tributary named after him.
My Great-Grandfather Joseph Lucien Earman was raised in West Palm Beach and was Editor of the Palm Beach Post and served as Municipal Judge for West Palm Beach.
My grandfather, Joseph Simms Earman attended Cornell University and studied agriculture. He moved from Palm Beach County to Indian River County in 1928 to take up farming. During the Great Depression he was asked to liquidate failed banks in Florida and return any funds back to depositors. He liquidated the Farmers Bank in downtown Vero Beach at 14th Avenue and 20th Street (SR 60), now home to Vero Furniture Mart, and returned depositors all of their money. 
He then founded the Indian River Citrus Bank, which he sold a few years later and returned to farming and establishing other Indian River County businesses such as Blue Crystal Water and Ice. He was involved in many civic groups and always made public service a priority. He served on the Florida Inland Navigation District and for his community service; an island in the Indian River was named after him known as Joe S. Earman Park.
My father Joe Henry Earman Sr. was raised here in Vero Beach. He graduated from Vero Beach High School and enlisted in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He returned to Vero Beach and married Gladys Holmes, who was raised in Wabasso.  He worked for his father until he founded Earman Oil Co., Inc. in the mid 1950’s. Earman Oil became a successful business and with his best friend James W. Coffey the business further prospered, and expanded into the Courtesy House Auto/Truck Stop located at SR 60 and 90th Avenue.
He served on many national, state and local boards of various types. He was Governor Reuben Askew’s campaign manager for Indian River County. He served on the IRC Hospital Board, was Indian River County’s first Director of Civil Defense, and also served on the Florida Inland Navigation District like his father.
I am very proud of my heritage and my family’s involvement in the community that has offered so much to us. I would be honored to continue my family’s community service, and serve as your next County Commissioner.
I ask for your vote and support on August 18, 2020!
GO JOE!!!

WORK HISTORY

  • Earman Oil Co. Inc. and Blue Crystal Water and Ice - 1972 to 1984

  • Florida Theatre - 1977 to 1978

  • Different positions and jobs within other family-owned businesses

  • Vero Beach Fire Department/Indian River County Fire Rescue - 1980 to Present (December 2015 retirement)

        * Firefighter/EMT - 1980 to 1982
        * Driver/Engineer - 1982 to 1984
        * Paramedic Certification - 1984
        * Lieutenant - 1984 to 2001
        * Captain - 2001 - Present
        * Retired in 2015 after 35 ½ years

CLUBS | ORGANIZATIONS | CIVIC 

  • Vero Lodge #250 F&AM

  • Coastal Conservation Association (CCA)

  • The 100 Club of Indian River County

  • Indian River Neighborhood Association (IRNA), President

  • Indian River County Youth Livestock Association

  • Vero Beach Firefighter’s Association Inc. - President, Secretary/Treasurer

  • Indian River County Fair Association – President

  • Firefighter’s Indian River County Fair – General Manager

  • Indian River County Firefighter’s Assoc. IAFF local 2201 – President, Vice-President, Sec/Treasurer

  • Indian River County 9/11 Ceremonies – Coordinator

  • Indian River County Fire Rescue Honor Guard Commander

  • Glendale Elementary School Improvement Team – Volunteer of the Year

  • Vero Beach American Little League – Board of Directors

  • Florida High School Athletic Association Rules Official

  • Gifford Middle School Baseball Assistant Head Coach

  • Indian River County School Board Substitute Teacher

  • Indian River County Volunteer Ambulance Squad

  • Vero Beach Volunteer Fire Department  

EDUCATION

  • Graduated Vero Beach High School in 1978

  • Graduate Indian River State College in 1980 with an AA Degree

  • Attended SUNY (State University of New York) Distance Learning Program pursuing a degree in public safety

  • I held many certifications within the Public Safety and Fire and Emergency Medical Response field, along with hundreds of hours of continuing education.

PERSONAL FACTS | HOBBIES

  • Born in 1960 in Vero Beach, FL 

  • Married 35 years to Elizabeth A. Earman

  • Two (2) Sons: Ben age 32 and Sam age 30

  • Granddaughter Marlee age 1

  • Lifelong Indian River County resident

  • 5th Generation Floridian

  • 3rd Generation Indian River County

  • Episcopalian

  • Spending time with family

  • Avid sportsman

  • Boating

  • Fishing

  • Hunting

  • Golf

  • Softball

  • Baseball rules official