[Tallahassee, FL] It appeared that Gov. Rick Scott was having a hard time filing the position as the the deadline was approaching and he had extended the application date.
On Friday, Scott announced that he had found his man for the job of State Attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit: Peter Antonacci.
“Pete’s distinguished legal career and experience as a prosecutor in complex cases has earned him a well-deserved reputation throughout the state,” Scott said. “I am confident he is well qualified to serve as State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit.”
Antonacci, 63, of Tallahassee, will take over for Michael F. McAuliffe, whose officially resigns from the Palm Beach County position on March 16, 2012, and who’s term ends January 7, 2013. McAuliffe (D) has taken up employment with Oxbow Carbon, a private energy company, according to reports.
While Antonacci will fill the role for less than a year, he seems to have the pedigree for the task at hand. He has served the state in a variety of ways including as Deputy Attorney General under Bob Butterworth (1990-1997), Statewide Prosecutor (1987-1990), assistant with the State Attorney’s Office for the 2nd Judicial Circuit (1979-1987) and Statewide Grand Jury Legal Unit (1982-1984).
Antonacci also has served on the Governing Board of the Northwest Florida Water Management District, 2nd Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission, Florida Commission on Ethics and as the vice chair of the First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.
He is a Florida State University law grad with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in health planning.
In the private sector, has practiced law with the high-powered law firm of Gray Robinson P.A. where he handled civil litigation, white collar defense, governmental lobbying, and administrative law. He also worked at Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell P.A.
By: Mark Christopher/Sunshine Slate
Image: Gray Robinson P.A.