John T. McGovern was first appointed to the Village Council in February 2015 to replace Councilman Howard Coates; in 2016, was elected without opposition to complete the remaining of Coates' term. McGovern was re-elected to his full term in 2018. McGovern was appointed as Vice Mayor on April 13, 2021. He previously served as Vice Mayor from 2016 to 2018. Councilman McGovern also serves as Chairman and Wellington's representative on the Western Communities Council.
Councilman McGovern is a native Floridian, who first moved to Wellington in 1986. Councilman 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 Councilman is a managing partner at the western communities-based law firm, McGovern Gerardi-Law, P.A.- Dedicated to the Injured.
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, 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. Mr. McGovern was PBCJA President in 2017 and is currently a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. 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.
Councilman 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."