White Chosen as New Pinellas County Attorney
She will replace Jim Bennett, who has retired.
PINELLAS COUNTY – By unanimous vote, the oversight committee, made up of the seven Pinellas County Commissioners and five Pinellas County constitutional officers selected Jewel White to serve as the county attorney.
The Pinellas County attorney oversight committee was established upon voter approval last November to create a committee with the authority to oversee the county attorney position.
“We went through a very thorough selection process that began in May to ensure that we found the most qualified candidate to serve the organization,” said Janet C. Long, Pinellas County Commission chair. “I am confident that we made the right choice for Pinellas County and look forward to working with Ms. White for years to come.”
White has worked for the Pinellas County Attorney’s Office since 1996. Serving as assistant county attorney, managing assistant county attorney, chief assistant county attorney, and, most recently, as interim county attorney, she is an expert in local government law with more than 20 years’ experience. Admitted to the Florida bar in 1996, White is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Middle District and the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, she was recently sworn in as president of the Florida Bar Foundation; a statewide public charity that provides funding for legal aid and improvements in the administration of justice.
The County Attorney serves as the chief legal counsel to Pinellas County government and the majority of constitutional offices.
White replaces former county attorney Jim Bennett, who has retired.
For information about the Pinellas County attorney, go to pinellascounty.org.
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