Deputy County Administrators


John OsborneJohn Osborne, AICP

Infrastructure & Strategic Planning Official - Deputy County Administrator

(941) 748-4501 ext. 6825

John Osborne has over 25 years of professional experience in the public and private sector. His private sector experience included work at Trigon Engineering in Charlotte, NC, and CPH Engineers in Sarasota, FL. At Manatee County Government, he has served in current and long-range urban planning, construction management, environmental management, as head of the Quality Communities Team, Transportation Systems Management Division Manager and the County's Planning Department Director. 

Since 2015, his responsibilities under the County Administrator include implementation of the County's How Will We Grow? plan, the 2013 Urban Land Institute's Advisory Services Panel Report for Manatee County, impact fee administration and strategic planning.

At the University of South Florida, he received his Bachelor’s degree and attended graduate school with coursework in Public Administration and Transportation Planning. He received a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Policy from American Military University. John is a former member of the Florida Army National Guard and current member of the U.S. Army’s Individual Ready Reserve.

In his career, he has served in volunteer public safety related positions including wilderness search and rescue and fire rescue. He was the recipient of the James T. Farr Memorial Award in December 2013 for professionalism in urban planning by the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association. John is also a graduate of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce 2015 Leadership Manatee class.

Karen Stewart

Karen M. Stewart, CEcD

Economic Development Official - Acting 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.