City Manager

Oldsmar City Manager Al Braithwaite's professional career spans thirty-plus years among four different Pinellas County municipalities.  He has been employed by the City of Oldsmar since 1999; first as Finance Administrator, and subsequently as Director of Administrative Services prior to being hired as City Manager in 2017.

Al is a current member of the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA), Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and the International City Management Association (ICMA).  He is a past President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA) and serves on the Executive Council of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).  Al holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management from Eckerd College and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of South Florida.

Al and his wife, Carla, are residents of Oldsmar.  They have one daughter, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren, residing in Virginia.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Administer laws, ordinances, and policies fairly and equitably
  • Ensure proper administration of city operations and funding
  • Maintain the quality of life of the community
  • Propose and study policy decisions for City Council
  • Provide effective leadership in city government
  • Represent City Council's best interests, desires, and views
  • Supervise and monitor city departments

Council-Manager Form of Government

The City of Oldsmar is a Council-Manager form of government.  In this form of government, residents elect a governing body (including a chief elected official, such as a mayor) that adopts legislation and sets policy. The governing body then hires a manager with broad executive authority to carry out those policies and oversee the local government’s day-to-day operations. 

This video was developed as a part of the State of Florida's Professional
Management Matters movement, which aims to raise awareness of the role
and value of professional management in local government.