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Palm Beach County commissioner Dave Kerner nominated to be head of Florida Highway Safety

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The motorcade and support vehicles for President Barack Obama are seen traveling this morning on northbound on I-95 highway, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Miami. Obama motorcade to Grande Oaks golf club in nearby Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(TALLAHASSE, FL) – On Thursday Governor Ron DeSantis nominated Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner as Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Commissioner Dave Kerner, who represents District 3, was nominated to become the executive director of the department. Kerner also previously served as County Mayor for Palm Beach County.

Kerner will serve as Interim Executive Director until his nomination is brought before the Cabinet for final approval at the January 17, 2023, Cabinet meeting.

Dave Kerner is taking over for Terry Rhodes who led the department since 2014.  DeSantis announced Rhodes’ departure via Twitter.

Governor DeSantis also announced his appointment of Michael Barnett to fill the vacancy on the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners created by Kerner’s appointment.