City of Jacksonville

Mayor Deegan's Staff
This brilliant group of collaborators, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders bring vast experience in government, business, philanthropy, and community engagement. Our culture at City Hall will be an inclusive one where we encourage collaboration between leaders from all walks of life and who look like Jacksonville.

Mayor Deegan
Donna Deegan, Mayor

Chester Aikens II, Executive Assistant to the Mayor

Karen Bowling, Chief Administrative Officer

Shelby Bennett, Executive Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer

Kelli O’Leary, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

Darnell Smith, Chief of Staff

Jovial Harper, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff

Joe Inderhees, Deputy Chief of Staff

Brittany Norris, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

Phil Perry, Chief Communications Officer

Melissa Ross, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Liaison to the Press

Dr. Parvez Ahmed, Chief of Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Sunil Joshi, Chief Health Officer

Lynn Sherman, Executive Director of Health Programs

Dr. Tracye Polson, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Garrett Dennis, Director of Boards and Commissions

Charles Griggs, Director of Community Initiatives

Scott Wilson, Council Liaison

Bill Delaney, Council Liason

Alice Newman, Front Office Manager

William Adams, Administrative Assistant
Public Affairs
Heather Schatz, Assistant Director of Public Affairs

Matt Kingston, Senior Public Communications Officer, Social Media & Video Production

Lauren Spencer, Senior Public Communications Officer, Graphic Design & Website Management

Linae Parkinson, Public Communications Officer, Executive Communications

Wes Lester, City Photographer

Yanira Cardona, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator

Craig Feiser, Office of Public Accountability
Learn more about the Public Affairs Office here.


Office of Mayor Donna Deegan

City Hall at St. James Building
117 W. Duval St., Suite 400 
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Phone: (904) 255-5000
Fax: (904) 255-5032
mayor's senior staff meeting