The City Commission is committed to providing sound public policy and leading the city towards our vision of a unified community with goals of
- A viable downtown
- Quality neighborhoods
- Quality educational opportunities
- Diversified local economy
The City Commission is the principal legislative and governing 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 here, 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.
To reach the Office of the Mayor and City Commission, please contact Delores Rangel at (561) 243-7010 ext. 1110.
Mayor Shelly Petrolia
Mayor Shelly Petrolia is only the second woman to be elected mayor in Delray Beach's history. A Palm Beach County native who has lived and worked in Delray for more than 25 years, Mayor Petrolia served on the City Commission for 5 years before deciding to run for Mayor in March 2018. Her victory was widely seen as the triumph of a citizen-supported leader over an opponent backed by special interests.
During her time as a commissioner, Mayor Petrolia worked tirelessly to ensure city contracts were bid properly, to enact ordinances regulating sober homes, to restructure pensions for police and fire, and to demand annual tax rate reductions for residents. Always prepared to tackle tough issues on the dais and to ask even tougher questions, Mayor Petrolia is known as a staunch advocate for Delray citizens and a watchdog for their tax dollars.
Going forward, Mayor Petrolia will focus on repairs to the city's aging infrastructure and seek solutions for the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels. She will continue to be an ally for the arts as well as a strong advocate for a vibrant business community. Mayor Petrolia supports development that enhances the City's historic legacy and hopes to spur development on West Atlantic Avenue.
Mayor Petrolia holds a BS from Florida State University with a double major in Finance and Risk Management/Insurance. She is co-owner of a real estate business with her husband Tony and together they are raising their four boys in Delray Beach. Mayor Petrolia finds daily inspiration in her family, proud to serve a city that has served them all so well.
Adam Frankel was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University, acquiring a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science. Adam decided to immediately continue his education and did so in his hometown by attending law school at The University of Toledo College of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate.
Not long after graduating from law school, Mr. Frankel moved to Delray Beach, Florida and was admitted to the Florida Bar Association. His first job helped mold his experience and perspective, as he served as an Assistant Public Defender in Palm Beach County from 1999 until 2001. After three years of diligently defending indigent clients who could not afford an attorney of their own, Mr. Frankel decided to embark on a private practice. He opened his law office in 2001, and since then has been representing clients all over Florida in criminal matters. Mr. Frankel is the founding partner of Adam Frankel Law practicing Criminal Defense, Real Estate and Personal Injury Law with an office in Downtown Delray Beach, Florida. He also currently serves as a Public Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Mr. Frankel served on the City of Delray Beach Police and Firefighters Retirement System Board of Trustees from March 2008 until June 2016. He was elected by the Board as Vice-Chairman in January 2012 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees in March 2014. He has spoken and participates in Public Fund, and various financial conferences throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Frankel is a graduate of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Trustees Masters Program and Alternative Investment Strategies Program Graduate from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Frankel was elected to serve on the Delray Beach City Commission on March 10, 2009 and served as the Vice-Mayor of the City from 2010-2011. In 2011, Mr. Frankel was appointed to the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council by the Palm Beach County Commission and served thru 2015. In July 2016, He was selected by Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg to serve on his task force in developing common sense solutions in areas of regulation, marketing, and oversight of the addiction recovery industry. Mr. Frankel was elected to serve a fourth term on the Delray Beach City Commission on March 13, 2018 and was nominated to serve as the Vice-Mayor of the City from 2018-2019.
In 2016, Mr. Frankel was selected by Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg to serve on his Sober House Task Force in developing common sense solutions in areas of regulation, marketing, and oversight of the addiction recovery industry. Mr. Frankel currently is a member of the board of directors for People’s Trust Insurance and serves on the board of advisors for Nanobeak, a company that is developing a sensor that will screen for the Volatile Organic Compound signatures in a person’s breath.
Mr. Frankel was named a “Top 40 Professional under 40” by Atlantic Avenue Magazine in May, 2010 and one of the “8 Delray Up & Comers” by Delray Beach Magazine in March, 2011. He has been an Executive Committee Member of the Boca Raton Bowl since its inception in 2014.
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 Ryan Boylston
Ryan Boylston was born in Pompano Beach and is a second generation Floridian. He was the first in his family to graduate college. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the College of Business Administration and a minor in Mass Communications from the Nicholson School of Communications at the University of Central Florida, Ryan moved to Delray Beach with his then, fiancé. Since 2005, Ryan and his wife, Cassidee, have grown their family with the addition of Preston, Elliott, and Madelyn.
Professionally, Ryan Boylston is the Founder and CEO of Woo Creative. His team of highly skilled design professionals has led clients to see increased awareness and visibility via dynamic and creative marketing strategies. Ryan also founded the Delray Newspaper, Boca Newspaper, Joust Umbrellas and The KTCHN - a eight desk co-working space housed in his office on Atlantic Avenue.
Ryan’s dedication to leadership is demonstrated by serving as Delray Beach City Commissioner, Board Member, Palm Beach Tech; Board Member, Allstar Smiles Foundation; and Past Chairman, Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA); Past Member, Delray Beach Education Board; and Past Chairman, Board of Directors, Plumosa School of the Arts Foundation.
Commissioner Bill Bathurst
Commissioner Bill Bathurst is a graduate of Atlantic High School, Palm Beach State College and earned his Bachelor of Science Diploma from the University of Florida where he majored in Public Relations and Marketing. Upon graduation, he held a number of brand management and marketing positions with several Fortune 500 firms. Mr. Bathurst has more than 25 years of broad-based leadership experience at both executive and entrepreneurial levels with key responsibilities in consumer marketing and brand strategy.
After a successful career in Brand and Business Unit Management, he and his family relocated back to Delray Beach where he has a large extended family, which includes his Grandfather, a local pioneering farmer, agribusiness-man, and contractor. Since returning to Delray Beach, Bill has been a strong advocate for the local technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem. He is an active Civic Leader who supports the community in its efforts to grow, yet maintain the Village by the Sea feel. Prior to serving on the Commission, he served on the several boards and committees including the Historic Preservation Board, Congress Avenue Task Force, Human Powered Delray, Palm Beach State College Dean's Advisory Board, District Chairman Boy Scouts Of America, and the Delray Beach Historical Society. On the commission, Mr. Bathurst plans to utilize his deep knowledge of Delray Beach and his decades of Corporate leadership experience to craft and achieve a citizen-driven vision for the future of Delray.
Most recently Mr. Bathurst has been the Managing Broker of Golden Bear/NV Realty where he has built a thriving real estate business. Commissioner Bathurst and his wife Debra celebrate 30 years of marriage in 2018 and have two grown sons who live in the area.