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Meet Mayor Poston

Thank you for your interest in Bradenton, Florida. I am the City’s mayor and I hope you find this site helpful and informative. Your questions and comments about our fair city are important to me, so please feel free to either call me at (941) 932-9450 or e-mail me at:


We have a tremendous staff supporting the development and growth of the City’s infrastructure and daily operations. This website has been created to help you better enjoy all the wonderful benefits we share living in this area.  More importantly, we hope to help you understand how the City operates and to easily direct you to those areas of your unique interest.



Wayne H. Poston

Address: 2425 Riverview Boulevard West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Date of birth: January 29, 1944 (Athens, Ohio)
Party affiliation: Republican

Wife: Patricia “Micki” Poston, B.S. Nursing, Realtor, married November 30, 1991

Children: Stacey R. Poston, entrepreneur, Durham, N.C. Graduate of Manatee High School, Stetson University, B.S. in Political Science; and David E. Poston, attorney with Poston Communications, Inc. Atlanta, Ga. Graduate of Manatee High School, Emory University, Tulane Law School.

Mother: The Late Virginia Wetherill, New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Sisters: Edna Williams, Reynoldsburg, Ohio; and Jean Mishler, New Philadelphia, Ohio

Graduate, Athens (Ohio) High School, 1962
Graduate, B.S. in Journalism, Ohio University, 1967
Masters Program, University of South Carolina

United States Air Force, 1967-1971; Honorable Discharge, E-5 (Staff Sergeant)

City of Bradenton
Mayor and Police Commissioner, January 2000-present

W. Harrison Group Inc., Marketing and Communications Consulting
Former President

Bradenton Herald
Executive Editor and Vice President, 1976-1999; Managing Editor, 1974-1976; Managing Editor, 1971-1972

Roanoke, Va., Times
Assistant Managing Editor, 1972-1974

Worked on newspapers in Ohio, Indiana and Alabama as reporter and editor.

• Leadership Florida Class No. 2, 1983-1984 and Alumni Board member, 1995-1997
• Leadership Manatee Alumni Board, 1999-2001
• Gulf Coast Marine Institute, 1993-2001; chairman, GCMI North, South and Vocational Institute, 1996-1998
• Kiwanis Club of Bradenton, 1974-current, past board member
• Hernando deSoto Historical Society, 1974-current. Past Crewe member
• Bradenton Country Club, former member
• Manatee County YMCA, former chairman
• DeSoto Boys Club, former board member
• Manatee Chapter of American Cancer Society, former board member
• United Negro College Fund annual dinner, county chairman
• Martin Luther King Sunday Celebration, emcee
• Palma Sola Elementary, Sugg Middle School & Manatee H.S. PTO
• National Conference of Christians and Jews Manatee/Sarasota Chapter, former member
• Manatee Symphony Guild and Florida West Coast Symphony, past chairman
• Ringling Museum Foundation, member
• Asolo Theater Angels
• Ringling School of Art Corporate Advisory Board
• Ohio University Alumni Chapter, founding president
• Christ Episcopal Church, member
• Economic Development Council Board of Governors, member
• Florida League of Cities Federal Action Strike Team (FAST), member
• Florida League of Cities Legislative Advocacy Committee, 2004-2006, co-chair
• Florida Center for Nursing Board, former member
• Manatee County Republican Party Executive Committee, October 2002-present, member
• Florida Consumer Council, current board member
• Florida Fire Chiefs Association, current member
• Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Association, founding  member

• Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, past president
• American Society of Newspaper Editors
• Associated Press Managing Editors, past board
• Florida League of Cities
• Manasota League of Cities, 2003-2005, president
• Florida League of Mayors, founding board member

• NAACP Diversity Award, August 2007
• Martin Luther King Jr. Outstanding Citizenship Award in Government, January 2006