2013-02-22 / Front Page

Second-in-charge hired in city

By Jack Flagler
Staff Writer

SOUTH PORTLAND – The man who brought the NBA Development League to Maine is South Portland’s new assistant city manager.

Jon Jennings, a businessman who lives in Cumberland, was president and general manager of the Maine Red Claws from its inception in 2009 until he stepped down in June, during which time he was part of a group that coordinated the Red Claws’ affiliation with the Boston Celtics.

“Jon brought prominence to the Red Claws by establishing the team and the brand quickly and successfully,” said City Manager Jim Gailey in a media release.

According to an NBA media release, Jennings ceded team president duties this summer to focus on his role as part of the development team of the Forefront at Thompson’s Point project.

The Forefront at Thompson’s Point is a planned multimillion dollar mixed-use development in Portland that will house the new Red Claws arena, hotels, restaurants and shops.

Jennings is also a partner in Red Mango Frozen Yogurt in the Maine Mall, and was recently sworn in to the Cumberland Town Council on Jan. 28.

He began his career in public service as a White House Fellow in 1997. His career in Washington, D.C., ultimately brought him to a position as state director for former Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s Senate operations in 2005. Previously, Jennings had worked with the Boston Celtics as a video coordinator, assistant coach, scouting coordinator and director of basketball development.

“My interest in working for the city of South Portland is deeply rooted in my passionate devotion to public service. I was fortunate to work in the executive and legislative branches of government in Washington, D.C., and Boston. I will bring that same commitment to all aspects of city government in South Portland,” Jennings said.

Jennings takes over a position that has been vacant since August, when former assistant city manager Erik Carson resigned.

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