Updated on 01/10/2018 4:58 PM

John T. McGovern was named Vice Mayor on April 12, 2016. McGovern was first appointed to the Village Council in February 2015 to replace Councilman Howard Coates, and he was then elected in 2016.

Vice Mayor McGovern is a native Floridian, who first moved to Wellington in 1986. Vice Mayor McGovern was a member of the first graduating class to have attended Wellington High School for all four years.  Mr. McGovern holds both a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida, where he served as President of the Student Body.  After graduating law school in 1999, Councilman McGovern returned to Palm Beach County and began his career as a trial attorney.  The Vice Mayor is managing partner at McGovern Gerardi-Law, P.A.

Mr. McGovern along with his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Emilia and Victoria, returned home to Wellington in 2011.  McGovern says moving home to Wellington was an "easy decision."  "The Village has grown and developed and modernized, but at its core, Wellington is still a one-of-a-kind, family focused, environmentally friendly, uniquely equestrian-based, multi-generational community made up of diverse neighborhoods, with A-rated public schools and second-to-none youth programming." 

Since 2012, Vice Mayor McGovern has served on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Justice Association (PBCJA), the 350+ member professional association of Palm Beach County's Plaintiff''s Trial Attorneys.  Presently, Mr. McGovern is PBCJA President and is Chairman of the Executive Committee.  Previously, Mr. McGovern was a Founding Member, Incorporator and served on the Board of Directors of the West Palm 100, Inc., a young professionals' service organization. McGovern is also an active supporter of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County Democratic Party.

Vice Mayor McGovern is committed to ensuring Wellington's continued greatness for our children, residents, and future residents.  He says, "Making decisions that secure the long-term success and security of Wellington will be my only mission."




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