Glen Gilzean Resigns From Ethics Commission to Keep CFTOD Administrator Job

Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD) Administrator Glen Gilzean Jr. has resigned from his position as chairperson of the Florida Commission on Ethics after it was discovered he had violated a rule of the Commission by taking the District job.

Glen Gilzean, Jr.

Gilzean was hired as District Administrator in May. But it was recently revealed that, due to a state statute, Gilzean was not allowed to “hold any public employment” in his role as chairperson. Steven Zuilkowski, attorney for the Florida Commission on Ethics, recently reviewed Gilzean’s District Administrator contract and determined it counts as public employment and that “maintaining public employment is inconsistent” with the law.

This meant Gilzean had to resign from one of his two positions. He decided to stay with the CFTOD, where he makes $400,000 per year.

Gilzean wrote in his resignation letter (obtained by WESH 2), “It recently came to my attention that my position as District Administrator of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District may not be compatible with my position as a member and Chairman of the Florida Commission on Ethics. After reviewing the matter with legal counsel, I have decided that prudence dictates that I discontinue serving in one of the two positions. Therefore, I respectfully tender my resignation from the Florida Commission on Ethics, effective immediately.”

Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Gilzean to the Florida Commission on Ethics in 2019, then again in 2020 and in 2022. DeSantis also appointed Gilzean to the Re-Open Florida Task Force and the Florida Census Complete Count Committee.

The Governor did not directly choose Gilzean for the position of District Administrator (as far as we know) but did appoint all the members of the CFTOD Board of Supervisors who hired Gilzean.

Gilzean replaced John Classe, who had been District Administrator since January 2016.

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