St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman names new City Development administrator

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has named a new city development administrator. Alan Delisle will report directly to the city administrator and the mayor. He will oversee the development, implementation and administrations of city planning, zoning, licensing, inspection, urban redevelopment and economic and business development.

“I am excited to have Alan DeLisle joining our leadership team at the City. He’s coming to St. Petersburg at an incredibly important time in our city’s history. We are growing in new and exciting – and often unanticipated – ways, and I know that Alan’s experience and leadership will be invaluable as the Sunshine City continues on its upward trajectory,” Kriseman said of the new hire.

Other duties of the job include property acquisition and disposition, maintaining downtown and waterfront enterprise facilities, parking, transportation, real estate and property management.

Rick Mussett who worked for the city for thirty years previously held the position. Prior to retiring in March, Mussett was the city’s main go-between during negotiations with the Rays on a new stadium and the franchise’s future in St. Pete. The job is currently being filled by an interim administrator, Dave Metz.

DeLisle formerly worked as the executive director of the Louisville Downtown Partnership. He resigned from that post last year.

“I am so appreciative of the opportunity to work for and with the Mayor’s energy, leadership and vision, the professionalism of the city’s team and the creativity and passion of St. Petersburg,” DeLisle said. “I am very impressed with the economic development foundation of the community and can’t wait to contribute to its bright future.”

DeLisle will earn $140,000 per year plus benefits working for the city.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.