City Commission Mission Statement:
The City Commission will provide sound public policy and lead the City toward our vision of a unified community with a viable downtown, quality neighborhoods, quality educational opportunities and an expanding, diversified local economy.
The City Commission is the principal legislative and government body of the City. The Mayor, elected every three years, presides over a board of four commission members who are elected to three-year alternating terms by the community at large.
City Commission meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. All Commission meetings are held at City Hall and begin at 6:00 p.m. You may view the City Commission's agendas, voting results, and minutes, which are maintained by the City Clerk's Office. Any person may address the Commission regarding agenda or non-agenda items at the appropriate time during the meeting. Workshops are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the first floor conference room.
Mayor Cary Glickstein
Cary Glickstein is a 4th generation native Floridian, the father of three and has resided in Delray Beach since 1989. Mr. Glickstein earned his B.A. degree from the University of Hawaii and his Law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
Mr. Glickstein, a member of the Florida Bar since 1985, is the founder of Ironwood Properties. He previously served as Vice President and General Counsel of Falcor Industries, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of a pacific-rim hospitality, real estate and manufacturing conglomerate. Mr. Glickstein also practiced law at Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Manley, Myerson and Casey, an international law firm, where he specialized in land-use and corporate matters.
Jim Chard has focused his career on business development, innovation, and information technology in both financial institutions and startup companies. He has worked at Morgan Stanley, Citibank, American Express and several early stage tech companies. He has also worked for public agencies in Boston and New York City.
For the past five years Mr. Chard has been engaged in volunteer municipal activities in Delray Beach, including:
- Human Powered Delray – Chair of this bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group that works with Delray to promote alternative transportation modes
- Congress Avenue Task Force – Member of the Task Force guiding the City’s efforts to rebuild the underutilized and outdated Congress Avenue as Delray’s Next Great Street
- Comprehensive Plan Rewrite – Vice Chair of Task Force to envision future of Delray and draft the Plan document that specifies how the vision should be accomplished
- Site Planning Review and Appearance Board – Vice Chair of the Board that determines the streetscape and attractiveness of Delray
- SquarePlay – Citizen led effort to “activate” Old School Square Park which often goes underutilized even though it is in the heart of Delray
- Grant writing and advocacy for sustainability initiatives such as complete streets, greenways, and conversion of underutilized alleys to bike and pedestrian pathways
- Board member of numerous civic organizations such as Chamber of Commerce and Community Greening
Mr. Chard holds two graduate degrees from Harvard including an MBA from the Business School and a City Planning degree from the Design School. His undergraduate degree is a BA from Pomona College.
Deputy Vice-Mayor Shirley Johnson
Shirley Johnson was elected to the City Commission on March 14, 2017. Born in Savannah, GA, she grew up in Delray Beach and has always lived in the Northwest section of the City. She graduated from Howard University with a BA in Government/Political Science.
Mrs. Johnson spent 26 years with the International Business Machines Corp (IBM) in various administrative positions. Her last assignments were as Administration Manager and Systems Analyst. These posts were in the IBM Washington, Maryland and Virginia Metro areas.
She retired to Delray Beach and another career of Community Activism/Organization. She helped to organize the Paradise Heights Homeowners Association (served as President for three years), MADDs, worked with several after-school youth mentoring programs, helped conduct Voter Rights Restoration workshops, voter registration drives since 2004 and, most recently, was a volunteer assistant to teachers at the Full Service Center School. Her continuing desire is to always help to better the lives of her fellow residents. It has always been her lifetime goal to serve all the community of Delray.
Mrs. Johnson has been married for 48 years and she has two children and three grandchildren.
Commissioner Mitch Katz
Mitch Katz was elected to the Delray Beach City Commission on March 10, 2015. He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has lived in South Florida since 1977. A resident of Delray Beach for over a decade, he served as president of Bexley Park HOA for 8 years until elected to the Commission.
Commissioner Katz received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. He graduated from the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University with a Master’s Degree in Leadership in 2013. He has worked in various admissions management positions in higher education and is dedicated to helping adults achieve their lifelong education goals. He is currently a manager of Education Programs at the Learning House Inc.
Commissioner Katz additionally serves the city by representing the Palm Beach League of Cities as a member of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. Mr. Katz also spends time volunteering in the community including serving as an Asst. Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 308 in Delray Beach.
Commissioner Shelly Petrolia
Shelly Petrolia, a Palm Beach County native and Delray resident for over 21 years, was elected to the Delray Beach City Commission on March 12, 2013. Her focus is on economic recovery, job creation, better schools and safer neighborhoods.
She has earned a double major in Finance and Risk Management/Insurance from FSU. Shelly continued her achievement after graduation, beginning her career at a large insurance company. Later she realized her true passion was real estate and especially enjoys preserving historic homes, currently restoring a home in the historic district of Delray Beach. She and her husband Tony currently have a successful real estate business now for over two decades, with over $400 million in sales.