Delray Beach: Negotiations fail with new city manager

Delray Beach ended contract negotiations on Sept. 6 with Michael Cernech as the new city manager. 

“From the start, it was important that we come to terms that were acceptable to both parties. Unfortunately, in this case we simply could not get there,” Mayor Shelly Petrolia said in a prepared statement. “We were excited at the possibility of having Mr. Cernech lead our team and regret that it is no longer possible.” 

Cernech will remain city manager of Tamarac in Broward County.

The commission will discuss how to move forward with the recruitment process for a permanent city manager at its Sept. 10 meeting. 

Interim City Manager Neal de Jesus, who has held the position for the last six months, will continue to serve until a permanent manager is selected.

— Jane Smith


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