PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland City Council will vote Monday evening on the appointment of Jon P. Jennings as the new city manager.

Jennings, currently the assistant city manager in South Portland, was selected following a national search according to a release and has accepted the position.

If appointed, he will begin a three-year contract July 13 with an annual base salary of $148,064.

“Jon’s unique background in both government and business will serve Portland well,” Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, who served as chairman of the search committee, said in the statement.

“The council and staff in City Hall are looking for the kind of leadership that Jon will provide,” Councilor David Brenerman, who serves as the chairman of the Nominating Committee, said. “Jon is the right person at this time to be our city manager. He’s a motivator with a vision for the future of the city.”

Before moving to Maine, Jennings worked for former U.S. Sen. John Kerry and held several senior positions in government in Washington, D.C., according to a release.

Among them, he served as acting assistant attorney general and principal deputy attorney general for the Office of Legislative Affairs.

Jennings served as a liaison to former President Bill Clinton’s Initiative on Race, worked on Social Security reform and served as White House liaison to a number of cabinet agencies and the officer of the first lady.

He also briefly served on the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, the entity tasked with converting the former Brunswick Naval Air Station to civilian use.

Jennings graduated from Indiana University and received a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University.

Before his work in Washington, Jennings worked for the Boston Celtics in coaching and management positions for 11 years.

Jennings was a partner in Maine Basketball LLC, which owns the Maine Red Claws, until 2012.