Ken Welch Taps Doyle Walsh to Serve as Chief of Staff in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch announced this week that he has officially named Jordan “Doyle” Walsh as his permanent chief of staff.

Walsh had been serving on an interim basis since September 21, when each named several key appointments to his administration.

“Doyle is a trusted partner who I rely on heavily for expert guidance, team insight, and thoughtful advice,” said Welch. “His ability to provide strategic leadership within the Mayor’s Office, connect with City Council, and collaborate with the City Administrator and other departments reflects his breadth of experience working in the Tampa Bay region. Government affairs, communications, and community engagement will prosper under Doyle’s watch, and his extensive knowledge of complex issues and initiatives will result in progress for the people of St. Petersburg.”

Walsh joined Welch’s campaign as a senior advisor in 2021. After helping to guide the successful campaign to victory, he joined Welch’s team prior to joining the administration on January 6, 2022.

An 8-year veteran of local government in the Tampa Bay region, Walsh served as an aide to Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long, working closely with regional leaders to implement solutions on a broad set of issues ranging from transportation and climate change to state and federal legislative priorities. His experience includes external affairs and government relations, research and policy development, and successful execution of organizational strategic visioning. His work has positioned him as a community advocate with experience in providing strategic leadership to elected officials and governmental agencies. Walsh has also worked to coordinate legislative and policy operations across all levels of government in his roles.

Walsh has a Bachelor of B.A. in Business Administration from Florida State University and a Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law.

“I witness daily Mayor Welch’s dedication and commitment to this city and the people who live, work and visit here,” said Walsh. “It is a privilege to carry out the mayor’s vision and priorities alongside our incredibly capable team–I look forward to continuing our work to ensure that St. Petersburg is an accessible and equitable community for all.”

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