Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - September 24, 2019
September 24, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #54

Confirmation of Deputy County Administrator


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Cheri Coryea, County Administrator, ext. 3468

Action Requested
Confirmation of Karen Stewart as Deputy County Administrator effective September 24, 2019. 

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Florida Statutes, Chapter 125.74(k)
Manatee County Code of Laws, Section 2-2-23(a)(12)

Background Discussion

Karen Stewart has been the County Economic Development Official since June of 2008 and the Acting Deputy County Administrator since March of 2019.

During Karen's time as the County Economic Development Official she has diligently worked to create the ten objectives of the County Economic Development Initiative, better known as EDI. She has worked with all of the County Departments in a lead position of customer service, expediting economic projects and working on unique issues.

Through her work on the EDI program, over 90 companies with a potential of creating over 6,000 jobs in Manatee County have utilized the EDI program.  These companies are diverse and require knowledge across all industries and employment sectors.

Karen has a Master's of Science Degree in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, is a graduate of Eckerd College, and earned her Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Additionally, Karen has been the Division Manager for the Economic Development Division of the Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department and leads the Redevelopment of the Southwest District in southern Manatee County.

Through the confirmation of Karen as the Deputy County Administrator, she will maintain her role and certification as the Economic Development Official and assist the County Administrator with project leadership and a variety of other administrative tasks.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  K Stewart Brief Bio.2019.pdf