David Forte has been selected as the next Deputy City Administrator for the City of Pensacola, responsible for the oversight of the City’s community development departments including Public Works & Facilities, Community Redevelopment Agency and Parks & Recreation.
Forte currently serves as the City of Pensacola’s Capital Improvement Projects Manager, responsible for managing and facilitating a variety of construction and capital projects in the city. He joined the city in March 2020.
Forte will replace current Deputy City Administrator Kerrith Fiddler, who will be transitioning to his new role as City Administrator beginning Friday, Oct. 1. Forte will begin his new role effective Oct. 1.
“I am truly honored to have been selected for this position, and I’m excited to continue working with Mayor Robinson and our dedicated team here at the city,” Forte said. “We have a world class team and, because of such, we have a lot of positive momentum in the City of Pensacola. I look forward to building on that momentum and continuing to work to make our city better every day.”
In addition to Public Works, CRA and Economic Development, Forte will oversee Neighborhood Services, Inspection Services and Planning & Zoning for the City of Pensacola.
Forte has 14 years of local government experience, originally joining the City of Pensacola from Escambia County, Florida, where he served as the Transportation & Traffic Operations Division Manager in the county’s Engineering Department. He previously worked as a Transportation Program Manager in the Public Works Department, Development Program Manager for the Community Redevelopment Agency and Urban Planner in the Development Services Department for Escambia County.
Forte earned a Master of Business Administration from Florida International University, along with a Bachelor of Science in housing and construction design with a minor in urban and regional planning from Florida State University. When not at work, he devotes much of his free time to community service whether that is coaching little league sports, youth programs, civic organizations, among others. He has been married to his wife, Mallory Forte, for nearly 14 years, and they are blessed to be parents to their wonderful son, Jackson.
“David has accomplished great things at the City of Pensacola already, and I’m looking forward to having his expertise in this new leadership role,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. “With his many years of experience in public service and his dedication to the citizens of Pensacola, I am confident that he will work well with our team to keep projects moving forward and continue to improve our city.”