Meridy Semones Named Largo's New Assistant City Manager

On May 7, 2024, the Largo City Commission voted to approve Meridy Semones in the newest role of Assistant City Manager, marking a pivotal step for Team Largo. City Manager John Curp announced Semones' acceptance of the role, emphasizing its critical importance in advancing the organization's high-performance agenda through initiatives including a performance and data management program and updating the City's 2017 Strategic Plan.

With over 15 years of leadership experience in Team Largo and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Semones brings a wealth of expertise as a Certified Public Finance Officer and Change Management Practitioner. She is a member of the City’s Executive Leadership Team and has been the Director of the Office of Performance and Budget for over five years. Her leadership has been instrumental in key endeavors such as developing the City's first strategic plan, adopting a high-performance work culture, implementing Largo’s Environmental Action Plan (LEAP), championing a comprehensive organizational training program, and facilitating executive leadership development.

Mayor Brown expressed confidence in Semones' appointment: "Meridy Semones has been a dedicated leader within our organization for many years. Her appointment as Assistant City Manager further solidifies our commitment to strategic leadership that inspires superior service to our residents." 

The decision to add a new Assistant City Manager stems from a strategic shift under new city management. Recognizing the evolving landscape of economic development, performance management, and the importance of community relations, the City Administration acknowledges the need for enhanced executive sponsorship and strategic guidance. The timing of this change is crucial given the multitude of complex projects and initiatives on the horizon for Largo, including housing, transportation, and environmental conservation.

City Manager John Curp added, “Her proven track record and deep understanding of organizational development, change management, and strategic planning make her the ideal candidate for this role. Her leadership will be crucial in ensuring a resilient organization and community.”

Semones' appointment signifies a proactive approach to providing regional leadership, addressing current challenges, and driving organizational growth and performance. Her leadership will be pivotal in ensuring alignment with Commission directives and community expectations as the organization navigates the evolving landscape and continues its journey toward building the community of choice in Tampa Bay. Please join the City of Largo in congratulating Meridy Semones on this well-deserved promotion.