Personnel note: Pete Antonacci named Palm Beach state attorney

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Capital fixture Pete Antonacci was named today by Gov. Rick Scott to fill the vacancy in the office of the top prosecutor for Palm Beach County, the 15th Judicial Circuit. Antonacci, a former deputy attorney general who lives in Tallahassee, has been a lawyer with Gray Robinson for nearly a decade.

From the Governor’s news release announcing the appointment.

“Pete’s distinguished legal career and experience as a prosecutor in complex cases has earned him a well-deserved reputation throughout the state,” Governor Scott said.  “I am confident he is well qualified to serve as State Attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.”

Antonacci, 63, of Tallahassee, has practiced with Gray Robinson P.A. since 2000. He previously practiced with Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell P.A. from 1997 to 2000 and Rogers Towers from 1978 to 1979.

Antonacci’s public service includes being Deputy Attorney General of Florida from 1990 to 1997 and Florida’s Statewide Prosecutor from 1987 to 1990. The Office of Statewide Prosecution, created by Florida’s voters in 1986, investigates and prosecutes multi-circuit organized crime and assists other law enforcement officials in their efforts against organized crime. Previously, Antonacci was an assistant state attorney with the State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit from 1979 to 1987, as well as a term as prosecutor with the Statewide Grand Jury Legal Unit from 1982 to 1984.

Additionally, Antonacci served on the Northwest Florida Water Management District, Governing Board, from 2006 to 2012, as vice chair of the First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission from 2007 to 2009, on the Second Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission from 2004 to 2006, and on the Florida Commission on Ethics from 2002 to 2006. He received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in health planning and a law degree from Florida State University.

Antonacci succeeds Michael F. McAuliffe, whose resignation is effective March 16, 2012. He will serve the remainder of McAuliffe’s term, beginning March 16, 2012, and ending January 7, 2013.

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