TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Michael Kessie and Azhar Khan to the State Retirement Commission.


Michael Kessie


Kessie, of Bradenton, is the former Chief of Police of the New College of Florida Police Department. Previously, he served as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Detective Lieutenant, Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief of Operations for the Schererville, Indiana, Police Department and Deputy Sheriff for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Kessie is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and previously served as the Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board Chair for Suncoast Technical College and as the Vice President of the Florida Police Chief’s Association.


Azhar Khan


Khan, of Tallahassee, is a Senior Economist in the Office of Policy and Budget for the Executive Office of the Governor. He was previously an economist for the Florida Legislature and numerous state agencies. Khan earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s in business administration and management of information systems from Florida State University.


These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.




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