City Manager Jon Jennings
Jon Jennings is a credentialed city manager by the International City/County Management Association, and he is the city of Clearwater's new leader.
Jennings serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the city with responsibility for all departments except the City Attorney's Office. He is directly responsible for over 1,600 employees and accountable for the annual operating and capital budget of $615 million dollars. He directly oversees the Community Redevelopment Agency, Human Resources, Police and Public Communications.
He comes to Clearwater from Portland, Maine, where he served as Portland’s city manager from 2015 until recently. He managed a staff of about 1,300 and a $292 million annual operating budget. Before that, he served as assistant city manager for the city of South Portland and was involved in numerous private sector endeavors in the Portland area, to include a land development partnership, partial ownership and coaching for the NBA Development League Maine Red Claws, and a restaurant franchise, among other endeavors. Jennings was awarded a White House Fellowship and served as a senior advisor in the Clinton administration. He also serves as a visiting scholar for Stonehill College.
Jennings earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University and a Master of Public Administration, Business & Government from Harvard University. In addition to the White House Fellowship, his awards include the Maine Town and City Management Association Leadership Award, the Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Award, and the Boston Jaycees 10 Most Outstand Young Leaders Award, and several basketball coaching awards, among others.
Assistant City Manager Jennifer Poirrier
Jennifer Poirrier was appointed as the new assistant city manager, effective Oct. 1. Poirrier came to the city of Clearwater in August 2018 as human resources assistant director and quickly was promoted to human resources director. Prior to her time in Clearwater, she worked as human resources director at the city of Treasure Island for more than nine years.
Poirrier completed her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business/Human Resources at the University of South Florida and her Master of Business Administration in human resources at Florida Atlantic University. She is certified through the High Performance Leadership Academy, is a certified Professional in Human Resources, and is a member of the International City/County Management Association. In 2019, she was honored as a “2019 People First Honoree” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Assistant City Manager Michael Delk
Michael Delk joined the city of Clearwater over 14 years ago as the Director of Planning and Development and is currently serving as Interim Assistant City Manager for the city of Clearwater. He directly oversees several departments including Parks & Recreation, Engineering, Marine & Aviation, Utility Customer Service, Economic Development & Housing, Library System and Planning & Development.
Michael Delk is a graduate of Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He is also a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Master of Public Administration degree and was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society of Public Affairs and Administration.
Michael is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). In addition to the American Planning Association, of which Michael is a past chair of the Economic Development Division, he is a member of the Congress of New Urbanism, Urban Land Institute and the International City Manager’s Association. Michael has been a planner in the State of Florida since 1985.
About the City Manager Role
Clearwater is governed by a council/manager form of government with the city manager, appointed by the City Council, serving as the chief executive and administrative officer of the city.
The City Manager is a professional administrator retained by the City Council to administer the day-to-day operations and services of the city. The city manager administers policies and legislation adopted by the City Council, directs all departments, offices and operations of the city, and prepares and administers the annual budget.