Deputy County Administrators


Deputy County Administrator Robert Reinshuttle

Robert Reinshuttle

Deputy County Administrator

(941) 748-4501 ext. 3783

Robert J Reinshuttle was a senior official with the statewide Florida Association of Community Health Centers Inc., where he served for more than a decade as Chief Operating Officer of the organization. Mr. Reinshuttle holds a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) and coursework toward a DPA. He also completed a certificate program in management from the Florida Institute of Government at Florida State University.

Robert has a strong background in policy development and legislative affairs, having been senior staff with the Senate Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate, as well as Director of the Washington D.C. office of the Texas Governor and senior staff to two Florida Governors. In addition, he has worked with elected officials across the country having served as Deputy Director of Washington D.C. operations for the Council of State Governments, Director of the National Association of Secretaries of State and Interim Director of the Southern Governors Association.

Mr. Reinshuttle led the Florida Governor’s Welfare Reform Task Force and received several awards from the State of Florida including work on several studies in his capacity as Policy Director for the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Karen Stewart

Karen M. Stewart, CEcD

Economic Development Official - Deputy County Administrator

(941) 748-4501 ext. 6832

Karen Stewart is the County Economic Development Official for Manatee County Government. In this role, Karen provides leadership to facilitate economic development and redevelopment projects by linking all County departments and the business community. She manages the performance based incentive program, rapid response permitting, business retention and expansion in the Southwest District and promotes the business-friendly approach in county government. 

Since 2009, Economic Development Incentives have been adopted for more than 90 companies with potential to create over 6,000 jobs over the next several years.

Karen has a Master’s of Science in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, is a graduate of Eckerd College and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She is a member of the IEDC, Bradenton Area EDC Board of Directors, Manatee Technical College Board of Governors, Urban Land Institute, the Florida Redevelopment Association, Florida Brownfields Association and various local business organizations.