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City Administrator Dr. Gary Cornwell to Retire; Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin Named as Successor

For Immediate Release

Friday, January 12, 2018

City Administrator Dr. Gary Cornwell to Retire;
Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin Named as Successor

City Administrator Dr. Gary Cornwell will retire on February 9th after nearly 38 years with the City of St. Petersburg.  Dr. Cornwell served as Human Resources Director prior to being confirmed as city administrator in 2014.

Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: “Gary has served our residents and employees exceptionally well for nearly 38 years, and I am especially grateful for his steady leadership and wise counsel throughout my first term. The state of our city and our government has improved thanks to Gary’s expertise and hard work.”

Mayor Kriseman has named Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin as the City of St. Petersburg’s next city administrator, an appointment subject to city council’s confirmation. Said Mayor Kriseman: “Her extensive administrative experience in the private sector prior to 2014, and her broad responsibilities as deputy mayor since 2014, make her the ideal person to ensure continuity and move us forward.”

Said St. Petersburg City Council Chairwoman Lisa Wheeler-Bowman: “Kanika Tomalin is not just a popular public figure in our community, but an experienced and skilled executive. She has already proven to be a respected leader and a thoughtful presence in meetings.”

Similar to past administrators, Dr. Tomalin will also remain deputy mayor.

Tom Greene, the city’s budget director since 2013, has been promoted to assistant city administrator, a newly created position.

For a complete list of upcoming changes to senior staff, see the attached memo recently sent by Mayor Kriseman to the St. Petersburg City Council.

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