Ken Burke, CPA
Ken Burke serves as the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller for Pinellas County, Florida. Ken is deeply rooted in the county given his local schooling and experiences as a CPA, and law firm administrator. In November 2004, Pinellas County voters recognized Ken’s long list of qualifications and elected him to serve as the Clerk. He was re-elected without opposition in 2008, 2012 and again in 2016.
He is one of seven Pinellas County Constitutional Officers directly elected by county citizens and responsible for safeguarding all public records and public funds. Over the years, the role of the Clerk has assumed more than 1,000 individual statutory duties as delegated by the Florida Legislature. Ken manages all courthouse records, a local budget of approximately $43 million and over 500 employees.
Ken’s impressive array of civic involvement includes serving on the Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College from 1999-2012, the Special Presidential Committee on Technology/Office Tools & Resources for the Florida Bar, Chair of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), President of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers, elected member of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA) Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation (CCOC) Executive Council just to name a few. In light of his monumental civic contribution, Ken was named “Mr. Seminole” in 1999 by his community. Ken was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity. Ken was also appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Higher Education Coordinating Council and most recently became the Vice Chair. Furthermore, Ken was appointed by the Pinellas County Commission to be a member of the Charter Review Commission (CRC). Ken and his wife, Cecilia (Reese) have three children – Catherine, Patrick and Brendan.