Palm Beach County Ethics

Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics

Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics

Sarah L. Shullman - Chair Bryan Kummerlen - Vice Chair Michael S. Kridel Rodney G. Romano Peter L. Cruise

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Next Meeting:

Monthly Meeting - Thursday, October 3, 2019- 1:30 p.m. - Palm Beach County Robert Weisman Governmental Center - 6th floor BCC Chambers

Agenda and Attachments

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Mark E. Bannon - Executive Director

Mark Bannon was selected as the third Executive Director for the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics (COE) in December 2015, having been a member of COE staff since 2010.  Prior to his selection, he had served the COE as an Investigator, Senior Investigator, Interim Staff Counsel and Interim Executive Director. 

A U.S Army veteran, Mr. Bannon spent nearly 25 years serving as a deputy sheriff, supervisor and Commander with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office where he worked in patrol, investigative and community support assignments before retiring from policing in 2005.

He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University, and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Bannon attended law school at the University of Miami, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005.  He is also a former Assistant State Attorney who prosecuted criminal cases in the 15th Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Bannon authored a book on criminal procedure for law enforcement officers, which was published in 2003 and he has taught criminal justice courses to graduate and undergraduate students at both Palm Beach State College and South University.  He brings a very unique blend of law enforcement and legal education and experience to the Commission, and to the role of Executive Director.

Christie E. Kelley, Staff Counsel

Prior to joining the Commission on Ethics, Ms. Kelley served as Assistant Director in the Center for Career Development at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she focused on advising students interested in government or public interest careers and oversaw the pro bono, public interest, and community service programs. In addition, Ms. Kelley is a former Assistant State Attorney in Florida’s Fifth Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Kelley is a member of the Florida Bar.  She earned her B.A. in Business Administration (summa cum laude) from the University of Florida and her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (cum laude).

Anthony C. Bennett– Chief Investigator

Joining the Commission in July of 2013, Anthony C. Bennett comes from a background that expands through both the public and private sectors. 

Anthony spent 15 years serving the citizens of Broward County, Florida, while employed with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, rising through several ranks within the agency from Deputy Sheriff to eventually becoming the Executive Officer/Ombudsman to the Executive Director of the BSO’s Detention and Community Control Divisions, before leaving public service for private sector employment.  Anthony held an Executive level position as the Director of Corporate Security for an infrastructure company based in Washington D.C., and is a proud United States Army veteran, previously serving on active duty during the time of the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm.

Anthony holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL), is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Command Officers’ Development Program, Nova Southeastern University’s Executive Leadership Program, and is also a graduate of the United States Army Rehabilitation Training Instructor Course (Fort McClellan, AL). Anthony holds active State of Florida certifications in both Law Enforcement and Corrections.

Abigail Irizarry - Investigator

Abigail Irizarry is the newest member of the team, joining the staff of the Commission on Ethics in April, 2016.  She has been serving the citizens of the State of Florida for the last 9 years beginning in 2007 with the Better Business Bureau and quickly moving to the Department of Children and Families (DCF). 

Initially, Abigail was the lead DCF investigator for court cases in Lee County, Florida, specializing in human trafficking cases.  In 2013 Abigail was promoted to the Office of Inspector General for DCF where, in 2015, she became a Certified Inspector General Investigator and was named the OIG Investigative Star of the year, the first female investigator to receive the state-wide award. 

Abigail graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and, in addition to her status as a Certified Inspector General Investigator, has completed training to become a Certified Fraud Examiner.


Gina A. Levesque – Intake and Compliance Manager

Ms. Levesque is a former certified law enforcement/correctional officer and worked at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Lauderhill.  In addition to her law enforcement experience, Ms. Levesque served as a legal secretary in the Office of the State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit from 1999-2010.  Her duties included victim/witness coordination, expungement processing, attorney/witness travel facilitation, case file management and maintaining trial statistics.

Ms. Levesque graduated with a degree in education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1988.

Volunteer Advocates

The Commission on Ethics, in conjunction with the Legal Aid Society, has begun a pro bono volunteer advocate program to prosecute ethics complaints in Palm Beach County.  Volunteer advocates have significant courtroom experience in criminal law practice, both as state prosecutors and defense attorneys.  This program offers significant savings to the taxpayer without sacrificing experience, knowledge and expertise in the handling of ethics cases.   Pro bono volunteer advocates include:

  • Dodger Arp, Esquire
    Law Offices of Dodger Arp, PA
  • Flynn Bertish, Esquire
    Salnick, Fuchs & Bertisch, P.A.
  • Theron Hardee Bass, III, Esquire
    Searcy, Denney, Scarola & Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.
  • Thomas M. Bates, Esquire
    Thomas M. Bates, P.A.
  • John B. Cleary, Esquire
    John B. Cleary , P.A.
  • Kaili Fouts, Esquire
    Eisenberg & Fouts, P.A.
  • Matt E. Haynes
    Lytal Reiter Smith Ivey & Fronrath
  • Melynda Melear, Esquire
    Attorney General's Office
  • Brian P. Sullivan, Esquire
    Sullivan Law, P.A.