City Manager, John P. Bohenko and
Executive Assistant to the City Manager, Ann Sharpe
John P. Bohenko
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 610 - 7202
To email the City Manager
The City Manager
can be reached during normal business hours at the City Hall.
Portsmouth has functioned as a City Council/City Manager form of
government since 1947.
The City Manager is appointed by a two-thirds majority of the City Council
to function as the Chief Executive and Administrative Officer of the City,
responsible for the proper administration of all the departments of City
government. The City Manager serves at the pleasure of the City Council.
The City Manager carries out policy decisions of the City Council, and
oversees all property, real and personal, owned by the City.
The Manager keeps the Council informed of the City’s needs and ongoing
conditions, and make reports as may be required by law, or requested by the
Council, or judged necessary by the Manager.
The City Manager takes part in all discussions which come before the City
Council, but acts in a nonvoting advisory capacity.
As Chief Executive for the City, the City Manager is the responsible
supervisor for all department heads, and acts to appoint, suspend, remove,
or discipline all municipal employees in the administrative service of the
City; that is, all but those employees supervised by Fire, Police, or
School board or commission.
On an annual basis, the City Manager provides to the City Council an
Operating Budget, a Budget Statement, and a long-range Capital Plan. These
documents outline the immediate and longer range financial and project
plans for the City.
John P. Bohenko has been City Manager of
Portsmouth since March 24, 1997. Mr. Bohenko was
educated at Bentley College where he earned a B.S. in Public
Administration, and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned an
Before coming to Portsmouth,
Mr. Bohenko was Town Manager of Plainville,
Connecticut from 1984 to 1997. He also served as the Chief of Staff to the
Mayor of East Hartford, Connecticut, from 1979 to 1983.