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George N. Cretekos
George N. Cretekos

Mayor George N. Cretekos

A lifelong resident of Pinellas County, George N. Cretekos grew up in Tarpon Springs and was graduated from Tarpon Springs High School. During his junior year at Davidson College, he was selected for the "Washington Semester" program at American University in Washington, D.C. He returned to Davidson to receive an AB degree in Political Science in 1969. Mr. Cretekos earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970.

On Jan. 3, 1971, Mr. Cretekos began his career as a legislative staff assistant for Pinellas County's newly elected U.S. Representative C. W. Bill Young. After several years in Washington, Mr. Cretekos was transferred to Pinellas County to assume the position as Congressman Young's district assistant. He went back to Washington in the mid-1980s, and in 1986 he returned to Pinellas County again to direct the congressman's local offices. Following his retirement in May 2006, Mr. Cretekos served as a missionary in Medan, Indonesia for the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.

Mr. Cretekos was unopposed in his bid to fill the remaining term of a vacated council seat in 2007. He was re-elected to a four-year term in January 2008. He was elected Mayor on Jan. 31, 2012, and reelected without opposition in 2016. He has served as President of the Barrier Islands Government Council and of the Pinellas County Mayors’ Council. Mr. Cretekos, a more than 50 gallon blood donor, is on the Tampa Bay Area Board of Reference of One Blood and is a volunteer courier for the National Marrow Transplant Program. Most recently, the Salvation Army awarded its “OTHERS Award” to Mayor Cretekos in recognition of his service throughout the community. Mayor Cretekos also serves as an altar assistant and lay reader at his church, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Having moved to Clearwater's Sand Key in 1976, Mr. Cretekos and his wife Carolyn, also a Tampa Bay native, still reside there.

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