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CFO Gallagher Taps Seasoned Public Servant as Department of Financial Services’ General Counsel


CONTACT: Tami Torres
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE—Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher announced today that Pete Dunbar, a 30-year law veteran who has served as a state representative and as general counsel for former Governor Bob Martinez, has been chosen to serve as general counsel for the Florida Department of Financial Services.

Dunbar, a partner at Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson, Bell and Dunbar, P.A., will join the department in his new role on July 1.

"Pete Dunbar brings tremendous experience and expertise to a department that carries a wide range of responsibilities, from overseeing the state's accounting and auditing functions, to investigating insurance fraud, to helping thousands of insurance consumers each year," said Gallagher, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. "I am extremely pleased that he has agreed to lead our legal division."

The Department of Financial Services was created in January 2003 as part of a voter-approved merger of the former Department of Insurance and the former Department of Banking and Finance.

Dunbar, 57, served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1978 to 1988 and as general counsel and director of legislative affairs for Governor Martinez from 1988 to 1991. He has practiced law since 1972, and has served on numerous associations and task forces, including the Florida Ethics Commission.

He earned both his bachelor's degree and law degree from Florida State University.

"I look forward to working with CFO Gallagher and helping him implement his vision on how the state's Chief Financial Officer best serves the people of Florida," Dunbar said. "I accept this position with a tremendous sense of honor and respect for the task at hand."

Dunbar is married to Susan Baldetti Dunbar and has three children, Matt, Marc and Sara.