Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Delray Commission Chooses Michael Cernech for Next City Manager

The Delray Beach City Commission has chosen Michael Cernech to be city manager. Cernech is the manager in Tamarac, near Coral Springs.

Michael Cernech

The vote Tuesday afternoon was 4-1, with Shirley Johnson opposed. She wanted Joseph Napoli, the deputy city manager of Miami. Mayor Shelly Petrolia had favored Homestead City Manager George Gretsas, but when the balloting indicated a majority for Cernech—commissioners Bill Bathurst, Ryan Boylston and Adam Frankel—Petrolia joined them in voting to negotiate with Cernech.

City Attorney Lynn Gelin said she anticipates that a proposed contract could go before the commission at its next meeting on Sept. 5. The city advertised a salary range of between $200,000 and $270,000, and Cernech likely will ask for something on the high end. He’s been at Tamarac for eight years.

If negotiations are successful, Cernech will be the seventh permanent or interim manager since January 2013. 

Randy Schultz
Randy Schultz, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, has been a South Florida journalist since 1974. He worked for The Miami Herald until 1976 and for The Palm Beach Post from 1976 until 2014, where he served as managing editor and editorial page editor. Since 2014, he has written a politics blog, commentaries and other articles for Boca magazine. His writing has earned first-place awards from the Florida Magazine Association and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. Randy has lived in Boca Raton with his wife, Shelley Huff-Schultz, since 1985. His son, daughter-in-law and their three children also live in Boca Raton.

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