By Jane Smith

Delray Beach city commissioners unanimously selected Terrence Moore to be their new city manager on June 8.

City Attorney Lynn Gelin will negotiate the terms of Moore’s employment contract instead of the city’s outside labor counsel, Brett Schneider.

“I’m confident the process will go smoothly,” Gelin said when Schneider was supposed to be involved. Schneider had suggested Commissioner Ryan Boylston as the commission liaison, but Vice Mayor Shirley Johnson wanted Gelin to do the negotiating.

Gelin agreed and thanked Johnson for her vote of confidence.

Moore impressed the commission during morning interviews when he said he would move into Delray Beach if selected as city manager.

“You only feel the impact of the decisions if you live here,” Mayor Shelly Petrolia said during the interviews.

Moore most recently served as the city manager of College Park, Georgia, home of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

That city, he said during the interviews, offers only one-year contracts to its city managers. Instead of concentrating on getting his ninth, one-year contract, Moore said he made a concerted effort to separate from the city.

Originally from the South Side of Chicago, his first break in city leadership came in 1995 when he became the assistant city manager in Deerfield Beach.

The two other finalists for the Delray Beach position were Michael Bornstein, former city manager in Lake Worth Beach, and Leonard Sossamon, former interim city manager in Port Richey.

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  • A new city manager in Delray?  Now there's a fresh idea...  Delray has gone through a dozen of them in the last few years.  What is it about that snowbird tax money that makes these folks lose their moral compass?   I'm sure it will be different this time.  

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