Delray Commission Chooses Michael Cernech for Next City Manager

Delray Beach City Hall (Photo by Christiana Lilly)

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. 

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