Manatee County Administrator


The County Administrator is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, and is responsible for carrying out the policies and directives of the Commission and for the development and management of the County's annual operating and capital improvement budgets.

The County Administrator is also responsible for the supervision and management of department directors, and for ensuring that all agreements, leases and other contractual obligations of the Commission are properly performed. The Board of County Commissioners may also direct the County Administrator and staff to complete special projects and assignments that do not fall within the established responsibilities of County Departments.

County Administrator Cheri Coryea

Cheri Coryea, County AdministratorIn 2019, County Commissioners unanimously confirmed Cheri Coryea as County Administrator.

Cheri Coryea has 30 years of experience, with 28 years in management with Manatee County. She became interim Deputy County Administrator in 2017. Previously, she held the position of department director of Neighborhood Services for 10 years, overseeing the merger of the Community Services Department into the Neighborhood Services Department.

Earlier in her career with the County, Cheri developed the Children's Services Fund from its inception in 1991 and helped it grow to its current annual budget of $15 million. She oversaw the two Community Redevelopment Area budgets of $2.5 million annually and oversaw the creation of the Southwest Tax Increment Financing District in 2014.

Cheri has led the development of several key County initiatives including the creation of the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDI), health care for the medically needy, Children’s Services Tax, Manatee Millennial Movement (M3)Community Development Block Grant, the formation of the Southwest Tax Increment Financing District, Rubonia Community Center renovations and the Norma Lloyd Park Development. Cheri also authored “Voices,” Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.

As Neighborhood Services Director, Cheri managed an annual budget of over $44 million including federal, state and local grants. She focused on building community relationships and interacting with the over 150 not-for-profit agencies, hospitals and intergovernmental organizations that formally collaborate with Manatee County to serve citizens.

Cheri received the 2012 Tampa Bay Business Journal Business Women of the Year (Government category) Award. She was the 2011 American Association of University Women – Manatee Chapter “Making Great Strides in Government” winner. She received the 2009 NAACP Government Humanitarian award and the Manatee Community Council for Children Child Advocate of the Year in 1997.

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