Mayor's Office

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Since 1993, St. Petersburg has operated under the strong mayor form of government—a system that combines the strong political leadership of a mayor with an elected city council. The Mayor’s Office supports Mayor Ken Welch and serves to advance the Administration’s high-level initiatives.  

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Mayor's Cabinet

The Cabinet advises the Mayor on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each Cabinet member's respective position. The Cabinet includes the following members:

Mayor's Office Staff

Wayne Atherholt, Cultural Affairs Director
Jessica Eilerman, Small Business Liaison
Jim Nixon, Mayor's Action Center Director/Mayor's Office LGBTQ+ Liaison
Urban Affairs Director
Janelle Irwin Taylor, Communications Director
Leah McRae, Director of Education and Community Engagement
John Rodriguez, Government Affairs Director
Sharon Wright, Director, Office of Sustainability & Resilience
Lieutenant Markus Hughes, Police LGBT liaison