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Former Commissioners

  • John W. Lehmann,
    Commissioner
  • Susan S. Jones,
    Commissioner
  • Laird Lile
    Commissioner

John W. Lehmann,Commissioner

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John Lehmann served as a founding Ethics Commissioner from 2020 to 2022. As Vice President of Ethics Naples he helped lead the effort for the successful Charter Amendment that created the Commission. During his tenure he contributed substantially to the revising of the Naples ethics ordinance, the new Commission’s policies and procedures, and the Commission’s website.

John Lehmann is a physician who spent the first ten years of his career practicing, teaching and performing clinical research at Harvard teaching hospitals. In 1991 he left academia for the medical technology industry where he spent the remainder of his career developing medical devices and overseeing clinical trials for a wide range of clients. His many contributions to patient welfare include inventing and bringing to market major innovations in the noninvasive treatment of cardiac arrhythmias.

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Lehmann graduated from Harvard College with a degree in biology, received his medical training at Tufts University School of Medicine and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and earned a Masters in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He also received a Certificate in Advanced Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Since coming to Naples in 2010, Dr. Lehmann has served on the Board of the Old Naples Association, as the Vice President of the Ethics Naples PAC that successfully fought to create the Naples Ethics Commission, and as the founding President of the Naples Foundation of Collier County. He is a proud graduate of Greater Naples Leadership (XXI) and a veteran of many City of Naples political campaigns.

Now retired he lives in an old house in Naples with Kathleen, and enjoys golf, nature, local politics, the occasional nap and frequent visits from their friends, children and grandchildren.

Dr. Lehmann was appointed to the Naples Ethics Commission by Collier County Commissioner Penny Taylor in November 2020 and serves as one of the founding Ethics Commissioners.

Susan S. Jones,Commissioner

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Susan Jones is a CPA and retired tax consultant who served as Director of State and Local Taxation for PepsiCo, as Vice President of DuCharme, McMillen & Assoc., a tax consulting firm and in senior positions with several other major accounting firms.

Born in Wisconsin, Ms. Jones grew up in Kansas and Virginia, where she received a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Taxation from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Jones is also a Certified Property Manager.

Ms. Jones has served extensively in Collier County as a Board member, fund raiser and volunteer, including with the Community School of Naples, the Forum Club of Southwest Florida, the Immokalee Foundation, the Youth Haven, the Conservancy of SW Florida, the Shelter for Abused Women & Children, Mending Broken Hearts and Greater Naples Leadership (Class XIII). Ms. Jones served on the Board of Ethics Naples and as treasurer for two successful City Council campaigns.

Ms. Jones enjoys playing golf, pickleball, bridge, mahjong, reading and socializing with friends. She and her husband Bob have three daughters, two grandsons and a granddaughter on the way.

Ms. Jones was appointed to the Naples Ethics Commission by the Naples City Council in November 2020 and served as the Commission’s first Vice-Chair.

Laird LileCommissioner

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Laird Lile is a prominent Florida lawyer who has specialized in estate and trust law since 1984 and also worked tirelessly in service to the legal profession throughout the state.

Born in Ohio, Mr. Lile is a graduate of the College of William and Mary (B.B.A. 1981), Ohio Northern University (J.D. with honors 1984), and the University of Miami (LL.M. in Estate Planning 1987). He is certified by The Florida Bar as a Wills, Trusts and Estates lawyer and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Mr. Lile is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Mr. Lile has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to serving the legal profession. The Florida Supreme Court appointed him to its Judicial Management Council and named him to the Florida Courts Technology Commission, where he is currently serving his third consecutive three-year term. Mr. Lile is in his eighth term as an elected member of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, representing the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Lile’s most extensive service has been with the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. A past Section Chair and current liaison to the state’s Clerks of Court, over the years Mr. Lile has served in numerous capacities in which he was instrumental in the enactment of Florida’s elective share law, the current Florida Probate Code, the comprehensive revision of Florida’s trust law, and the comprehensive laws for powers of attorney in Florida. Mr. Lile is a proud member of the Collier County Bar Association and is a founding director of the Trusts and Estates Section of that Association.

Mr. Lile has been recognized as a Top 10 Florida Super Lawyer since 2018, a Top 100 Florida Super Lawyer for ten years and a Best Lawyer for 25 consecutive years. He was named in Florida Trend’s inaugural list of the Top 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in Florida in September 2018 and has remained on that list for each subsequent edition. Mr. Lile is included in Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and deemed one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend since 2005. In 2007, the Collier County Bar Association recognized him as its Attorney of the Year and the local judiciary presented him with its Lion of the Law award in 2011. Mr. Lile received the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section’s Annual Service Award for his outstanding effort and achievements in 1999, the Lifetime Professionalism Award in 2009, and the Robert C. Scott Award for devoted and continued service in 2010.

A past board member and executive committee member of the Florida United Methodist Foundation, Mr. Lile also served as a founding board member and past Chair of the Collier County Education Foundation and a past Chair of the School Advisory Council for Naples High School.

Mr. Lile was appointed to the Naples Ethics Commission by the State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit in November 2020 and served as one of the founding Ethics Commissioners. Mr. Lile stepped down from the Ethics Commission after he was appointed to the State of Florida Ethics Commission by Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo.