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St. Pete Mayor Ken Welch promotes longtime employees to new roles

Three veterans of City Hall have bigger responsibilities in the new administration
St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch promoted three longtime city administrators to bigger roles Friday.
St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch promoted three longtime city administrators to bigger roles Friday. [ DEANNA SAPP PHILLIPS | City of St. Petersburg ]
Published Jan. 7|Updated Jan. 8

ST. PETERSBURG — Robert Gerdes, James Corbett and Joe Zeoli are old hands in city government.

And all three have been promoted under new Mayor Ken Welch, according to a city news release Friday.

Gerdes, who has been the neighborhood affairs administrator, will become assistant city administrator. Gerdes, who has worked for the city since 2000, has also been the director of the Codes Compliance Department.

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Corbett will become the neighborhood affairs administrator, replacing Gerdes. Corbett has worked for the city since 2005, also in Code Compliance, replacing Gerdes as that department’s director.

Zeoli has the longest tenure with the Sunshine City, with nearly 35 years. He will be the new interim city development administrator, a step up from his old position as managing director of administration and finance.

Welch previously announced top staffing hires, including Stephanie Owens as deputy mayor and chief of policy, Tom Greene as interim city administrator, Janelle Irwin Taylor as communications director and Doyle Walsh as senior adviser.

Welch was sworn in Thursday as the city’s 54th mayor.

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