About the City Manager

About Deborah Bowie

Deborah Bowie serves as Gainesville’s interim City Manager. She has more than 18 years of progressive experience in the municipal and non-profit industries, including serving as the Chief of Staff to the mayor in Birmingham, AL, Senior Public Information Officer to the Birmingham City Council, and as Vice President in the chamber of commerce industry in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Immediately prior to joining the City of Gainesville, Deborah served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of North Central Florida. Deborah has completed organizational management studies at the Terry School of Business (University of Georgia), executive leadership studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, LA. She is a member of International City/County Management Association (ICMA), National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) and Rotary International (#6970).

Role of the City Manager

The City Manager is the executive director of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), and administrative head of the City of Gainesville general government, responsible for the administration of all departments except those city agencies under the direction of other charter officers. The City Manager's Office oversees all general government programs and services; is responsible for enforcement of all city laws, ordinances and policies; acts as purchasing agent for the city; prepares the city’s budget and performs other duties as assigned by the City Commission. These tasks are accomplished through the selection and supervision of the City Manager's executive, leadership and administrative support teams.

Support Staff