Delray selects Terrence Moore as new city manager

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Delray Beach City Hall.

DELRAY BEACH — Anxious to escape a revolving door of city managers, the Delray Beach City Commission has named Terrence Moore as its next top administrator on Tuesday in a unanimous vote. 

Moore, the outgoing manager of College Park, Ga., will take the helm at a critical time for Delray Beach, a mid-sized city that has gone through eight managers since the 23-year tenure of David Harden ended in January 2013.

“We got a gem,” said Deputy Vice Mayor Adam Frankel. “He only works in communities where he lives because he wants to be a stakeholder and taxpayer. One thing he said that really resonated was, ‘If your power goes out, my power goes out, so I know I want to go fix it.'” 

The perceived “rushed” search for a new manager comes after the November 2020 firing of George Gretsas, who was accused of misconduct. Gretsas had been hired to replace Mark Lauzier, who also was ousted from his position in March 2019.

Terrence Moore

With Gretsas no longer in charge, former Purchasing Director Jennifer Alvarez stepped into the role of interim manager, a title she kept for close to a year.

“One thing we’re consistently criticized about is stability in City Hall, so I’m hoping he can tackle that,” Commissioner Juli Casale said. “He can do that by making sure he’s going to stay for a while.”

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