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PSL City Council Unanimously Approves $275,000 Contract for New City Manager Jesus Merejo

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Port St. Lucie - Tuesday January 24, 2022: The Port St. Lucie City Council Monday unanimously approved a $250,000 contract for new city manager Jesus Merejo.

Over the course of his 30-year career with the city Merejo has served in several crucial leadership roles, including serving as Chief Assistant City Manager which has been his most recent role. He officially takes over as Port St. Lucie’s new City Manager on February 18.

Current City Manager Russ Blackburn announced in November that he will retire on February 17, following a 47-year career in public service including six years as PSL’s City Manager.

At the City Council meeting Merejo said he is committed to leading a team dedicated to customer service, high performance, and strategic planning. “I believe that embracing innovation and emerging technologies are critical components to the City’s ability to provide the highest quality, most efficient and cost-effective services to its more than 225,000 residents,” Mr. Merejo said. “I am excited and humbled to be selected for this opportunity to work with the City Council and lead our dedicated City team.”

City Council members said Mr. Merejo will provide continuity for the organization and acknowledged the respect that both City staff and community members have expressed for him. They complemented his vision for the City, proactive leadership style and his willingness to embrace innovation.

“Personally, having worked with Mr. Merejo for the past 12 years, I have always been impressed with him as a leader. I have always been able to trust his judgement wholeheartedly,” Mayor Shannon Martin said. “I look forward to working with him as City Manager, and I’m excited for our city’s future under his leadership.”

Mr. Merejo began his City of Port St. Lucie career in 1994 as a wastewater treatment operator. A series of promotions led to increasingly more responsible positions within the Utility Systems Department and in 2003, he was ultimately promoted to Utility Systems Director, a position he held until 2018. In 2016, he joined the City’s Manager’s executive team when he assumed responsibilities as Director of Special Projects in addition to those of Utility Systems Director.

In 2018, Mr. Merejo was promoted to Chief Assistant City Manager. During his tenure as a member of the City Manager’s executive staff, Mr. Merejo oversaw multiple departments with collective annual budgets exceeding $270,000,000, more than 500 employees, and many of the City’s capital improvement projects.

Prior to working for the City, Mr. Merejo was a member of the Chicago White Sox professional baseball organization from 1987 to 1989. Jesus is a member of the International City/County Management Association and has earned the organization’s prestigious designation through study and work history of being a Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM).