The Bottom Line
Sunday, October 4, 2015

FDLE appoints KW native general counsel

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard Swearingen recently appointed Key West native Jason Jones as FDLE general counsel. 

In this role, he will oversee the day-to-day functions of the Office of General Counsel, providing legal guidance and managing attorneys and staff in headquarters and the field. He replaces retiring General Counsel Tom Kirwin. 

Jones joined FDLE in 2009 as the regional legal adviser for the Tallahassee and Pensacola regional operations centers. He was sworn-in as a special agent in 2011. Prior to joining FDLE, Jones served five and a half years as an assistant state attorney with the 2nd Judicial Circuit.

Jones graduated from Key West High School with the class of 1996. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Florida and his law degree from Florida State University. He is married to Danielle, a fellow Key West High School alum, and the couple has one daughter, Amelia.

First State Bank promotes Brown

First State Bank of the Florida Keys recently promoted Candice Brown to assistant branch operations manager at the Key Largo branch.

Brown was hired as a teller in 2001 at the boulevard branch in Key West, transferred to Key Largo in 2002, and was promoted to customer service representative in 2007, a position she held until her recent promotion.

A Key West native, Brown attended Key West High School and Florida Keys Community College.

Key Largo Rotary welcomes Martinez

Jesus Martinez has been inducted into the Key Largo Rotary Club. Martinez works for Edward Jones as a financial advisor and manages the local branch in Tavernier, providing service to the Upper Keys. 

He obtained his finance degree from Auburn University in Alabama. Before he took over the office in Tavernier he was working out of the Edward Jones corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. In his spare time, he enjoys weight lifting, yoga and cultivating saltwater aquariums.