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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:40 pm | Updated: 11:49 am, Wed Feb 20, 2013.

SOUTH PORTLAND – A former official with the Boston Celtics and Maine Red Claws basketball teams has been named the assistant city manager of South Portland.

The hiring of Jon Jennings was announced Tuesday afternoon in a press release. He is expected to start his new position in mid-March.

“We are thrilled to have Jon Jennings join the city of South Portland team," City Manager Jim Gailey said in the release. "His vast business knowledge and diverse experiences are strong assets he brings to the position.”

Neither Jennings nor Gailey returned calls seeking comment before deadline.

Jennings helped bring the Red Claws to Maine in 2009 and is a partner in the Red Mango Frozen Yogurt store at the Maine Mall, the press release said.

Jennings began his career in public service when he was selected to be a White House Fellow in 1997. After his fellowship year, Jennings continued at the White House as senior assistant to the Cabinet Secretary and Director of Policy Coordination and senior advisor in the Office of Cabinet Affairs. In 1998, Jennings became the acting assistant attorney general and principal deputy assistant attorney general for legislative affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2005, Jennings was hired to be state director for Sen. John Kerry’s Senate operations in Massachusetts.

“My interest in working for the city of South Portland is deeply rooted in my passionate devotion to public service," Jennings said in the press release. "I believe my experience in government, development and business gives me a well-rounded perspective to fulfilling the responsibilities of assistant city manager with a strong focus on economic development."

Prior to his career in public service, Jennings worked for the Celtics, where he served as scout/video coordinator (1986-1990), assistant coach and scouting coordinator (1990-1995) and director of basketball development (1995-1997), the release said.

Jennings attended Indiana University and earned a master’s degree in public administration at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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