MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 12, 2017) – County Commissioners today unanimously confirmed Cheri Coryea as Deputy County Administrator. She has Coryea has 28 years of experience, including 26 in management with Manatee County.
Cheri has served as interim County Administrator since former Deputy Administrator Karen Windon retired over the summer. She has been Director of the Neighborhood Services Department for the past 10 years, recently overseeing the merger of the Community Services Department into the Neighborhood Services Department.
"Cheri has been with us for a very long time," County Administrator Ed Hunzeker said in recommending Cheri's appointment to the Board. "She is well respected by department directors, colleagues and the community. She is a true professional and it's an it's an honor to recommend to (the Board) that you approve her appointment as DCA."
Commissioners enthusiastically accepted the recommendation and had glowing remarks for Cheri.
"I can picture every single employee standing behind you, supporting you today," Commission Chairman Betsy Benac said. "It's wonderful to see you in this position."
"Kudos. Great job," said Commissioner Robin DiSabatino. "Whenever I call or ask Cheri anything, she's right there with the answers. Nothing is too small, anytime day or night."
Cheri said it was her honor to accept the new position and thanked Administrator Ed Hunzeker, fellow Deputy County Administrator Dan Schlandt and her colleagues and employees in the Neighborhood Services Department.
"I've been here for quite a while and this is my family," Cheri said. "I want to thank Neighborhood Services, Community Services. They're wonderful. I couldn't do the job we do without the amazing job our employees do."
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, she 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 collaborate with Manatee County to serve citizens.
Cheri received the 2012 Tampa Bay Business Journal Business Woman of the Year (Government category) Award, was the 2011 American Association of University Women – Manatee Chapter “Making Great Strides in Government” winner, the 2009 NAACP Government Humanitarian award winner and the 1997 Manatee Community Council for Children Child Advocate of the Year.
In addition to the 7-0 vote from the Commission at today's meeting, Cheri received a dozen red roses from county Department Directors and a standing ovation from the crowd.
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