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Public Defender Appoints Jacquot to City Ethics Commission


Pursuant to the Charter of the City of Jacksonville, the Public Defender will make one of six appointments by Constitutional officers to the nine-member Jacksonville Ethics Commission which provides a local forum for consideration and investigation of ethical problems and issues.  That appointment will serve no more than two, consecutive, three-year terms on the Commission.  Public Defender Matt Shirk has selected Senior Vice President of Lender Processing Services (LPS) Joe Jacquot to serve a three-year term on the Jacksonville Ethics Commission upon confirmation by Jacksonville City Council.

“Having spent considerable time in both State and Federal government and now in the private sector, Joe Jacquot has an advanced understanding of ethics issues at many different levels” said Shirk.  “His perspectives will be valuable at City Hall.”

In addition to his position at LPS, Jacquot is an Adjunct Professor at Florida State University College of Law teaching “Federal Legislative Practice: Congress and the Constitution.”  He also serves on the Board of Governors for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to joining LPS in May ’11, Jacquot was the Deputy Attorney General of Florida (2007-2010.)  He was responsible for leadership of the Attorney General’s Office with over 1100 employees, a dozen offices across Florida and an annual budget of $189 million. He brought management changes such merit pay and employee performance measures.  Jacquot oversaw significant litigation actions and led the legal strategy of the federal health care act lawsuit, Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Other career highlights include; successfully arguing to a 7-2 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Miranda rights case, Florida v. Powell.  He also served as the Chair of the Sunshine Technology Team, the Attorney General’s inter-agency task force on public records.  Additionally, he initiated the Attorney General’s support of the media plaintiffs in the 2009 public records case, AP v. NCAA.

Before his appointment as Deputy Attorney General, Joe Jacquot served as the Deputy Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.  He led several legislative actions and negotiations working closely with the Executive branch and industry groups.  Jacquot also managed the Supreme Court confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

Joe Jacquot graduated from University of Florida College of Law with honors and earned bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia as a distinguished major.  Jacquot served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve.  Joe and his wife Shannon have a daughter and two sons. 

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