DeSantis’ Ethics Chairman to be Named Administrator of Tourism Oversight District & Collect $400k Salary

    According to documents released by the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD), the District will enter into an employment agreement with Glenton “Glen” Gilzean, Jr. effective tomorrow, May 10th. There is no end date for the employment agreement in the documents uploaded by the CFTOD.

    Glizean will be paid $400,000 per year as the District administrator and he replaces longtime administrator John Classe. Classe has been with the Reedy Creek Improvement District since 2015 and has been in the administrator position since January 2016.

    Glen Gilzean at CFTOD meeting

    Gilzean is the Chair of the State of Florida’s Commission on Ethics, and he has been appointed to the position twice by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The Commission on Ethics is tasked with being the “guardian of the standards of conduct” for employees of the State and is responsible for investigating and issuing reports on “complaints of breach of the public trust by public officers and employees”.

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    Gilzean is an ally of DeSantis, recently rejecting a complaint from a Trump super PAC filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics that said DeSantis’ travel this year was a “shadow” campaign for President and illegal under campaign finance laws. As chair of the Commission on Ethics, Gilzean dismissed the complaint and found no evidence of wrongdoing by DeSantis.

    Gilzean also serves as the president and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League, an organization that says its mission is to “end generational poverty by empowering Central Floridians to achieve social and economic equality through education, employment and entrepreneurship.”

    When COVID-19 shut down much of the economy, Gilzean was appointed to the Re-Open Florida Task Force by DeSantis. The task force included a wide array of business and community leaders including then-President of Walt Disney World Josh D’Amaro.

    The previous administrator of the District, John Classe, is named in the federal lawsuit against Ron DeSantis. It’s not immediately clear if Gilzean will be included in the lawsuit as well.

    John Classe at CFTOD meeting

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