Dave Kerner



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BA '06; JD '10 |  West Palm Beach, FL

Palm Beach County

INDUSTRY: Government Services


County Mayor Dave Kerner was elected to the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners in November 2016. He is a Palm Beach County native, born and raised in unincorporated Lake Worth. Prior to his election to the County Commission, he served two terms in Florida House of Representatives as the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee and member of the Gator Caucus. His prior government experience includes service as a Police Officer and as a Special Prosecutor. In 2021, while serving as County Mayor during the Covid-19 pandemic, he was selected by Governor Ron DeSantis to serve on Executive Committee of the Re-Open Florida Taskforce.

County Mayor Dave Kerner attended Suncoast Community High School (Riviera Beach, 2002), the University of Florida (Bachelor of Arts, Political Science & Criminology, 2006), and the University of Florida College of Law (Juris Doctor, Constitutional Law & Local Government, 2010). At the age of 19, during his freshman year at the University of Florida, he also attended the Police Academy at Santa Fe Community College, and became sworn as a City of Alachua Police Officer.

At the age of 20, while enrolled fulltime at the University of Florida, County Mayor Dave Kerner was honored as the Police Officer of the Year for the City of Alachua, and also served as the Fraternal Order of Police Gator Lodge Union Representative. While serving as a Police Officer, he was assigned to the night shift, and also served as a Field Training Officer.

County Mayor Kerner has emerged as a leader on issues related to law enforcement, the judiciary, criminal justice, and civil law. Since 2010, he has served as a civil trial attorney with a West Palm Beach based law firm in addition to his public service. He is a proud Florida native and Florida Gator.