Commissioner Dave Kerner was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in November 2016. He served as County Mayor for an unprecedented two terms during the COVID-19 pandemic. During his time as County Mayor, he was appointed by Governor DeSantis to the Statewide COVID-19 task force.
Commissioner Kerner is a Palm Beach County native, born and raised in the unincorporated portion of District 3. Prior to his election to the Board of County Commissioners, he served two terms in Florida House of Representatives as the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee. His prior government experience includes service as a Police Officer and as a Special Prosecutor, here in Palm Beach County.
Commissioner 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 certified and sworn as a Police Officer.
At the age of 20, while enrolled fulltime at the University of Florida, Commissioner 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, Lodge 62, and Union Representative. While serving as a Police Officer, he was assigned to the night shift, and also served as a Field Training Officer.
Commissioner 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 local firm in addition to his public service.