The City of Clearwater is governed by a Council/Manager form of government with the City Council serving as the governing body. The Clearwater City Council is comprised of the Mayor and four Councilmembers, who each serve four-year terms. The City Council is the legislative and policy-making body of the City, responsible for approving the budget and determining the ad valorem tax rate on all real and personal property within the corporate limits of the City.
In addition, the Councilmembers evaluate the job performance of the City Manager and the City Attorney, attend City Council meetings, special workshops/meetings, schedule and attend community meetings to address various topics and initiatives, serve as the City liaison for various area-wide boards, and represent the City at numerous ribbon cuttings, opening day festivities, and organizational welcomes and events.
Mayor George N. Cretekos, A lifelong resident of Pinellas County, grew up in Tarpon Springs and was graduated from Tarpon Springs High School. During his junior year at Davidson College, he was selected for the "Washington Semester" program at American University in Washington, D.C. He returned to Davidson to receive an AB degree in Political Science in 1969. Mr. Cretekos earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970.
On Jan. 3, 1971, Mr. Cretekos began his career as a legislative staff assistant for Pinellas County's newly elected U.S. Representative C. W. Bill Young. After several years in Washington, Mr. Cretekos was transferred to Pinellas County to assume the position as Congressman Young's district assistant. He went back to Washington in the mid-1980s, and in 1986 he returned to Pinellas County again to direct the congressman's local offices. Following his retirement in May 2006, Mr. Cretekos served as a missionary in Medan, Indonesia for the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
Mr. Cretekos was unopposed in his bid to fill the remaining term of a vacated council seat in 2007. He was re-elected to a four-year term in January 2008. He was elected Mayor on Jan. 31, 2012, and reelected without opposition in 2016. He has served as President of the Barrier Islands Government Council and of the Pinellas County Mayors’ Council. Mr. Cretekos, a more than 50 gallon blood donor, is on the Tampa Bay Area Board of Reference of One Blood and is a volunteer courier for the National Marrow Transplant Program. Most recently, the Salvation Army awarded its “OTHERS Award” to Mayor Cretekos in recognition of his service throughout the community. Mayor Cretekos also serves as an altar assistant and lay reader at his church, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
Having moved to Clearwater's Sand Key in 1976, Mr. Cretekos and his wife Carolyn, also a Tampa Bay native, still reside there.
Contact Mayor Cretekos at: George.Cretekos@myclearwater.com
Office of the Mayor
Offices of the City Council
P.O. Box 4748
Clearwater, FL 33758-4748
Clearwater City Hall, 3rd Floor
112 S. Osceola Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33756
Mayor and Councilmembers: (727) 562-4050
Monday through Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm