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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has new Executive Director

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet have officially appointed Dave Kerner as Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Kerner had been serving as Interim Executive Director since January 6, when he was nominated by Governor DeSantis for today’s full vote by the Cabinet. The Governor and Cabinet unanimously approved Kerner’s nomination, and he will serve as Florida’s 11th Executive Director of FLHSMV.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles appoints new Executive Director
Dave Kerner will serve as the state’s 11th Executive Director of FLHSMV (Photo: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles)

“I am honored and deeply thankful to Governor DeSantis for the nomination and to the Florida Cabinet for the vote of approval,” stated Kerner. “The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Highway Patrol are an important component to the public safety and order of our state. I am humbled to join Florida’s Finest as we aim to make Floridians even safer.”

Founded in 1969, FLHSMV is primarily responsible for the operation of the Florida Highway Patrol, the oversight and issuance of Florida driver licenses, motor vehicle registrations, and license plates.

The Executive Director serves on behalf of the Governor and Cabinet as the operational administrator of FLHSMV, which consists of nearly 2,000 sworn state troopers and approximately 4,500 dedicated employees throughout all 67 counties in Florida.

“Having the opportunity to amplify Governor DeSantis’s public safety vision is a mission of a lifetime, and it is one we will not fail at,” added Kerner.

Kerner is a former law enforcement officer, special prosecutor, and policymaker. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminology from the University of Florida, as well as a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law. He is a Palm Beach County native and comes from a family of law enforcement and public service.

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.