About the City Manager

About Cynthia Curry

With more than 35 years of experience as a leader, strategic communicator and manager, Cynthia W. Curry joined the City of Gainesville as interim City Manager in November 2021 following her successful work as the Diversity Officer at the Everglades Foundation. In this role, Curry worked closely with the organization’s CEO and Board Chair to forge community relationships and collaborative partnerships in service of the organization’s diversity and inclusion goals.

Prior to her work with the Everglades Foundation, Curry served for more than six years as the Vice President of Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer for Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, FL. Her portfolio included the areas of the controller, budget and cash management, procurement, human resources, auxiliary services, facilities management, security, transportation and risk management.

Curry is a graduate of the University of Miami where she obtained her Bachelor and Master of Arts in Politics and Public Affairs. A seasoned and results-oriented business manager, Curry has served as Assistant County Manager/Senior Advisor for Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor handling the management and oversight of a vast array of departments and has served as Senior Vice President for Business and Finance/Chief Financial Officer for Florida International University in Miami, FL.

As an entrepreneur, strategic thinker and problem solver, Curry has extensive experience working with county, municipal, private and academic sector entities to advance strategic priorities while working as the President and Chief Executive Officer of her own company, CWC & Associates, Inc. 

She has served on the Governor’s Emergency Financial Oversight Board to the City of Miami, was a founding member of the South Florida Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) and a two-term National President of the organization. Curry is also a recipient of the Marks of Excellence Public Service Award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators — the organization’s highest honor bestowed upon individuals for distinguished public service.  

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.