George CretekosMayor of Clearwater City of Clearwater
A lifelong resident of Pinellas County, George N. Cretekos grew up in Tarpon Springs and 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 and remains active in his church by serving as an altar assistant and lay reader at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Clearwater.
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 and was elected Mayor on January 31, 2012. He is past president of the Barrier Islands Government Council and President of the Pinellas County Mayors’ Council. Mr. Cretekos, who has donated more than 50 gallons of blood, serves on the Board of Directors of OneBlood in the Tampa Bay area and is a volunteer courier for the National Bone Marrow Registry program. In 2104, Mayor Cretekos became the first person who was not a member of the Florida State Legislature to be named the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society “Legislator of the Year.” The Clearwater/Upper Pinellas Citadel of the Salvation Army awarded Mayor Cretekos its “OTHERS Award” in May, 2015.
Having moved to Clearwater’s Sand Key in 1976, Mr. Cretekos and his wife Carolyn, also a Tampa Bay native, still reside there.