Manatee County Commissioners confirm John Osborne as Deputy County Administrator

Manatee County Commissioners confirm John Osborne as Deputy County Administrator
Posted on 03/12/2019

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 12, 2019) —County Commissioners this morning unanimously confirmed longtime County employee John Osborne to serve as the Deputy County Administrator.

At Manatee County Government, he has served in current and long-range urban planning, construction management, environmental management, and as head of the Quality Communities Team, Transportation Systems Management Division Manager and the County's Planning Department Director.

Since 2015, he implemented the County's How Will We Grow? plan, the 2013 Urban Land Institute's Advisory Services Panel Report for Manatee County. In recent years John has overseen impact fees and strategic planning.

County Administrator Cheri Coryea, who most recently served as a Deputy County Administrator alongside recently retired Dan Schlandt, said John Osborne is ideally suited to become a Deputy Administrator. 

"John's attention to detail, his research, his knowledge in planning and development area and his time as planning official for the past several years has been priceless," Coryea said. "We feel John can bring to the Administrative team that same level of work and excellence."

"John, you're the perfect fit," said County Commissioner Carol Whitmore. "You're humble, professional, kind and respectful." 

"John has a really good handle and understanding of growth and its impacts and the cost of growth," added Commissioner Betsy Benac. "His experience working on traffic and transportation planning is extremely valuable. He's really got great talents that'll be really beneficial to this county."

At the University of South Florida, John 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.

Earlier in his career John 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. He is also a graduate of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce 2015 Leadership Manatee class.

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