Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Timothy Cerio to the Supreme Court Judicial Nomination Commission, the Governor’s Office announced Wednesday.
Cerio is general counsel to Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Cerio was general counsel to former Gov. Rick Scott in 2015 and 2016 and chief of staff and general counsel at the Florida Department of Health from 2005 through 2007.
In the gaps, he worked at the GrayRobinson law firm. He first started at the top law and lobbying practice in 2001 and rejoined the firm as a shareholder after leaving the Scott administration.
At the firm, his practice centered on regulatory law, health care law and administrative law.
Cerio is a two-time graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned his bachelor’s and law degrees. He is also a former member of the 1st District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.
The Florida Bar nominated Cerio. He will serve until July 1, 2024.
As a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission, Cerio will select nominees to fill judicial Florida Supreme Court vacancies.
In all, there are 27 separate Judicial Nomination Commissions: “one for the Florida Supreme Court, five for each of the district courts of appeal, 20 for each circuit court and the county courts contained in that circuit, and one Statewide Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims,” according to a state website.