Mayor & Commission

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ALAN FIERS - 
MAYOR
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I have resided full time in Town since 2004 and have owned property in Town since 1983. The Fiers family moved to West Palm Beach in 1912. My father graduated from old Palm Beach high school and returned to Palm Beach Shores in 1970, after living and working in the Northland for fifty years. My grandfather was Mayor of Lake Park in the mid-1940s. Family members have owned property in Town continuously since 1950. I served four years on the Town Planning and Zoning Board and six years on the Town Commission, from 2008 to 2014.

I was born in Newark, Ohio in 1939, attended The Ohio State University and played football under coach Woody Hayes. After graduation in 1961, Woody asked me to stay on as an assistant coach. I began working full time while still a student; I also married my wife of 49 years while still in school. Many Town Residents will remember Hazel. She passed away in 2008 and her memorial service was held at the family home at 236 Inlet Way.

I served three years on active duty with the Marine Corps, as an infantry platoon commander, company executive officer, and Company Commander. I was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in connection with action in the Dominican Republic and was promoted to Lt. Col. in the Marine reserve prior to resigning.
Upon discharge, I attended graduate school at Indiana University where I earned an MS in Education. Instead of coaching, I entered on duty with the CIA was trained and served for 22 years as a Clandestine Services Operations officer, with tours of duty in Turkey, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. From 1984 to 88 I served as Chief of the Central America Task Force. During my Agency career, I was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, a Meritorious Officer award and the Distinguished Officer Wards.

After retiring from the Agency, I worked with W.R. Grace as Director of Government Relations, 3 years and President/General Mangers of a machinery-manufacturing unit of Grace. I retired to Palm Beach Shores in 2003. I am currently married to Grazyna.

 
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TRACY LARCHER - VICE MAYOR
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After visiting many times, Tracy and Dawn permanently relocated to Palm Beach Shores in 2017.  Tracy is a retired U.S. Navy Supply Corps Officer with twenty-six years of military service.  Over the course of his career, he served in multiple roles, including procurement, supply chain management, and budget execution.  Following his Navy career, Tracy worked in industry as a supply chain professional in distribution and third-party logistics.  From 2017 to 2019, he owned and operated Cabana Beach Service, with multiple Palm Beach Shores and Riviera Beach locations.  His past civic involvement includes member of the Palm Beach Shores Planning & Zoning Board and Vice Chairman of the Revenue Committee.  He is currently a member of the Property Owners Association Board of Directors.  

Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida.  He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of West Florida and is a graduate of Columbia Business School Senior Executive Program. 


 

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I discovered the beautiful town of Palm Beach Shores in 2010 when my eldest daughter attended Palm Beach Atlantic University. I knew that one day, this piece of paradise would become my permanent home. In 2014, my wife, Jean, and I decided to move from Tarpon Springs, Florida, where I raised my three kids, Brooke, Haley, and Colton, to Palm Beach County. Finally, in 2019, I fulfilled my vision and made Palm Beach Shores my home. The strong feel of community, the beauty of the location, and the small-town atmosphere make me feel blessed to reside in Palm Beach Shores.

Professionally, after graduating from Tarpon Springs High School, where I met my wife, I attended Pinellas Technical College. I graduated, having earned credentials in commercial refrigeration and electrical systems. I worked in the trades and went on to combine my experience, education, and entrepreneurial drive to co-found my first business in 1995 in the food service industry. Today, I operate two highly successful businesses across Florida, with offices in Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale. I have served on various local, national, and international boards and councils throughout my professional career, such as MAFSI, ITW Food Equipment Group, MARMON Food Service Group, and Guardian Ad Litem 6th Judicial Circuit Court. I also had the pleasure to serve as a volunteer with the White House Advance Team.

I am a family-oriented and valued individual who believes in service and integrity. I enjoy traveling with my wife and family and spending time on our beautiful waters right in our backyard. I will always remember that my purpose is to serve and uphold the values and foundations that make Palm Beach Shores the paradise it is.


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Roby is a native Floridian and resident of Palm Beach Shores since 1997. He is currently employed as a Senior Project Manager for a   Ft. Lauderdale based Construction Management firm specializing in construction of new K-12 schools and Universities. Roby has served on the Commission in Palm Beach Shores from 2009 to 2021 and served as Vice Mayor.  Prior to his election as Commissioner, Roby served as a member of the Planning & Zoning Board from 2001-2009. Commissioner DeReuil has a heart for community service, demonstrated by serving as a volunteer firefighter attaining the rank of Lieutenant in Palm Beach Shores. Roby also served on the Board of Palm Beach County Communities in Schools 1999-2011.


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  Kathleen McGahran
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  Kathleen McGahran has been a homeowner in Palm Beach Shores since
  1976 and a full-time resident since 2008.

She is married to Myra Koutzen, our former Mayor.  Her sister Loretta also lives in our town.  Currently, she is on the Board of Directors of SCOR Global Life Reinsurance company and the SCOR US Property and Casualty Reinsurance company.

Formerly, Kathleen served as Chair of the Adams Funds from 2013 to 2023.  The fund holds two New York stock exchange investment companies.

She is also a former Professor of Finance working at universities such as Columbia, Yale, the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business, Insead (Fountainbleau, France) and Stanford University.
Kathleen put her teaching to practical use as the owner of an educational consulting company for 25 years. The company specialized in training finance, marketing and management strategies to corporate managers. 

Kathleen obtained her law degree from Fordham University, her PhD, MPhil in Finance & Accounting from the New York University Stern School of Business, her MBA in economics from Iona University and her BA from Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY.
She is a retired CPA and Member of New York & New Jersey Bar Associations.