About the City Manager

About Anthony Lyons

Anthony Lyons began serving as Gainesville’s City Manager in April 2016. He is responsible for more than 1,100 city employees and the city's general fund budget. 

In November 2015, Lyons was selected as the interim City Manager. Prior to that, he served as the interim Planning and Development Services Director. Lyons also served as the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency Director for five years.

Previously, Lyons was the Executive Director for the Capital City Development Corporation in Boise, Idaho; the Director of Planning and Development in the City of Claremont, New Hampshire and the Executive Director of the Main Street Program in Claremont, New Hampshire. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Indiana University Bloomington.

Role of the City Manager

The City Manager is the 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