Portland picks South Portland's Jennings for city manager

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PORTLAND — Jon Jennings, the assistant city manager in South Portland, has been selected to become Portland’s next city manager.

“We are pleased that Jon has accepted our offer to be Portland’s next city manager. His unique background in both government and business will serve the City well,” Mayor Michael Brennan said in an email Friday morning to city staff, co-written by District 5 Councilor David Brenerman.

The selection was also publicly announced in a press release from City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin.

Jennings’ hiring will go to a City Council vote on Monday, June 15. A search committee led by Brennan sought to have a new city manager in place by July 1.

Jennings will replace Mark Rees, who resigned Sept. 3, 2014. In the interim, former assistant City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian and Police Chief Michael Sauschuck have served as acting city managers.

Hill-Christian left May 8 to become assistant city manager in Cincinnati. Sauschuck will return to his post as police chief, which is temporarily filled by acting Police Chief Vern Malloch.

Jennings, 52, was hired in South Portland in March 2013, after serving on the Cumberland Town Council. He also oversaw economic development in South Portland.

A former scout, assistant coach and director of basketball development for the Boston Celtics, and founder of the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League, Jennings also worked in the White House and U.S. Department of Justice during the Bill Clinton Administration.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.