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Read Like a Commissioner!

Did you know that April is National County Government Month? It is an opportunity to highlight the role that County Government plays to protect and enrich the lives of our residents. Overseeing our county is the seven member Board of County Commissioners that serves as the legislative and policy-setting body for county government; enacts countywide laws and authorizes programs and all expenditures of county funds. Serving the Board is the County Administrator who is charged with executive powers to implement the policies and procedures set forth by the Board of County Commissioners.

With April 7-13 being recognized as National Library Week, we believe there is no better way to get to know someone than through the books they read. So we have asked the seven Commissioners and the County Administrator to share their favorites. Whether it is the children’s classic, “Good Night, Moon,” or a deep dive into Florida history with “The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise”- borrow one of their recommendations and you, too, can READ LIKE A COMMISSIONER.

Our Board of County Commissioners & County Administrator

Mayor Mack Bernard District 7

Mack Bernard was elected in November 2016 to the Palm Beach County Commission. Mack ran for County Commission in order to put his experience to work for our community. In 2009 Mack Bernard was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served on numerous committees and passed bills that created jobs, protected women and children, and supported public education. In the Legislature, Mack served as the President of the Palm Beach County Caucus of Black Elected Officials and was recognized for his work advocating for Florida's small businesses.

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Vice Mayor Dave Kerner District 3

Commissioner Dave Kerner was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in November 2016. He 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.

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Commissioner Hal Valeche District 1

Commissioner Hal Valeche was elected to the Palm Beach County Commission District 1 seat in 2012, and was re-elected in 2016. Commissioner Valeche graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Upon graduation, he entered the US Navy flight-training program at Pensacola, Florida. On completion of training, he was assigned to Fighter Squadron 191 at NAS Miramar California. During this tour, Commissioner Valeche flew 85 combat missions in Vietnam, logged 230 carrier landings and received six awards of the Air Medal.

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Commissioner Gregg K. Weiss District 2

Commissioner Gregg Weiss was elected to Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners in November 2018. Prior to his election, he served as vice chair on the West Palm Beach Planning Board and numerous other boards of area organizations and nonprofits. Currently, Gregg serves on the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the 15th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

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Commissioner Robert S. Weinroth District 4

Commissioner Robert Weinroth was elected to the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners in November 2018. He is a 26-year resident of the City of Boca Raton with an extensive background in business, public service, and community involvement. In 2014, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council where he served as deputy mayor and CRA vice chair during his four-year tenure. During this time, he was appointed to a number of Palm Beach County boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, Palm Tran Service Board, Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, and Treasure Coast Planning Council.

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Commissioner Mary Lou Berger District 5

Commissioner Mary Lou Berger was elected to the Palm Beach County Commission District 5 seat in 2012, and was re-elected in 2016. Mary Lou Berger is a New York native who moved to Pittsburgh as a teenager and relocated to Palm Beach County in 1989. As County Commissioner Burt Aaronson’s senior administrative assistant from 1994-2012, Berger was in charge of monitoring community issues and responding to constituent concerns in commission District 5, which encompasses West Boynton, Boca & Delray Beach. Prior to that service, she worked from 1989-1994 for the Palm Beach County Clerk of Court.

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Commissioner Melissa McKinlay District 6

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 2014 and reelected without opposition in 2018. Prior to her election, Commissioner McKinlay spent nearly twenty years advocating on behalf of women, children and families as a Legislative Aide to the Palm Beach County Legislative Affairs Office, to members of Congress and the US Senate, and as a volunteer with several organizations including the Junior League. She served as Mayor of Palm Beach County from 2017-2018.

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Verdenia Baker County Administrator

Verdenia Baker began her career with Palm Beach County in 1987 as a budget analyst. She was promoted to impact fee coordinator and eventually became a division director with the Financial Management Department. Verdenia's experience in financial management was a prelude to her promotion to assistant county administrator and, within a year, to deputy county administrator. She served in that capacity for 15 years before being selected county administrator by the Board of County Commissioners in 2015. A certified financial manager, Verdenia manages the daily operation of county government, which includes more than 6,300 employees and an annual budget of approximately $4.4 billion.

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