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Richard M. Kleid

Richard M. Kleid

Director

Mr. Kleid and his late wife, Rhoda, became residents of Palm Beach in 1997 after 20 years as visitors. Mr. Kleid was soon appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission, serving successively as secretary and chairman during his five-year tenure. In 2005 he was elected to the Town Council, serving two terms as president pro tem; he recently completed his third term as Council president. Mr. Kleid was reappointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission in 2018 as a commissioner. In addition to his service to the town, he is an alumni interviewer for his alma mater, Columbia College, and a former volunteer attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, from which he received the prestigious Emeritus award. Mr. Kleid is Vice Chairman and Director of the Citizen’s Association of Palm Beach, a member of the Appropriation Committee of the Town of Palm Beach United Way and a Director of the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Mr. Kleid’s interest in civic involvement goes back to his residence in Upper St. Clair, PA, where he was an elected member of the school board and its president for several years, as well as a trustee of the Upper St. Clair Community Foundation. A long-time employee of the JC Penney Company, Mr. Kleid served as its real estate counsel and was an active member and frequent speaker at the Lawyers’ Section of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He also contributed to legal publications and lectured in seminars at the University of Miami Law School. Mr. Kleid was a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and of its real estate committee. He is a graduate of the Horace Mann School, Columbia College, Columbia Law School, and holds a Master of Law in taxation from New York University Law School.

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