City of Delray Beach December 13, 2012


City of Delray Beach Selects Louie Chapman, Jr. as the City's Next City Manager
Commission Authorizes Staff to Proceed with Contract Negotiations

December 12, 2012:  The City of Delray Beach City Commission has selected Louie Chapman, Jr. to serve as the City's next City Manager. Mr. Chapman was selected by the Commission on a 3 to 2 vote and, upon approval of an employment contract by the City Commission, will replace City Manager David T. Harden, who will retire in January 2013 after twenty-two (22) years of service to the Delray Beach community.

For the past nineteen (19) years, Mr. Chapman has served as Town Manager for the Town of Bloomfield, Connecticut, a community of 20,000 residents. Prior to his current position, Mr. Chapman served as the Assistant City Manager in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has earned a Master's Degree in Planning from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Norfolk State University.  For additional information about Mr. Chapman's experience and education, please visit:

The City Attorney's Office, at the direction of the Commission, will begin employment contract negotiations with Mr. Chapman immediately.  In addition, the Commission may hold additional workshops/special meetings to discuss and/or approve the proposed contract with Mr. Chapman.

An interim City Manager will be appointed by the City Commission to take on the responsibilities of the City Manager following the retirement of Mr. Harden on January 4, 2013, and will remain in this position until the new City Manager begins employment with the City of Delray Beach.

For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at (561) 243-7190 or E-mail

City of Delray Beach
Public Information Office
(561) 243-7190

City Commission:
Nelson S. "Woodie" McDuffie, Mayor
Thomas Carney, Vice-Mayor
Adam Frankel, Deputy Vice-Mayor
Angeleta Gray, Commissioner
Al Jacquet, Commissioner