City Manager's Leadership Team

The City Manager's leadership team consists of his senior management team and the following:

Police Chief
Tony Jones

Tony Jones is currently serving as the Chief of Police for the Gainesville Police Department. Chief Jones began his career with GPD in 1975 as a police officer. Chief Jones has been serving as GPD's Chief of Police since 2009. Throughout his career, Chief Jones has been vital member of our community. He was the co-founder of the Reichert House Youth Academy. The Reichert House serves at-risk youth from ages 12 to 18. The program is a comprehensive, holistic approach to providing educational opportunities, life skills, vocational training, and structured support services which are all designed to transform these at-risk youth into future contributors to our community. He is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Chief Jones earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Science from the University of Alabama.

Fire Chief
Jeff Lane

Jeff Lane has served as Gainesville Fire Rescue's (GFR) Fire Chief since 2015. Chief Lane has extensive experience in emergency services, becoming a certified firefighter in 1988 and joining Gainesville Fire Rescue in 1990. He is a certified Paramedic and Hazardous Materials Technician. Chief Lane has served at all levels of the organization, including Driver-Operator, Fire Lieutenant, District Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy Fire Chief and Interim Fire Chief. He holds Associate Degrees from Santa Fe College and a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services from the University of Florida.


Department of Doing Director
Wendy Thomas

The Department of Doing Director oversees the Planning and the Building Inspection Departments. Planning is responsible for all current and long-range city planning, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Historic Preservation Program.  From a strategic perspective, the department works to facilitate urban development and redevelopment citywide while striving to enhance efficiencies, customer service, and our built environment.  Building Inspection promotes public safety in construction activities by enforcing applicable building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fire prevention and life safety codes citywide.  The department also manages the First-Step Development Assistance Center, which is designed to provide a convenient on-stop location for review of applicable code requirements or prospective projects.

Human Resources Director
Eugenia Allen

The Human Resources Director serves on both the General Government senior management team, and works as a strategic partner with charter officers and department directors providing leadership to the city with respect to all matters concerning Human Resources and Organizational Development (HR/OD). She provides oversight to the development, implementation and monitoring of long- and short-range HR/OD strategies for the city that are aligned with and support organizational values, goals and objectives. She is responsible for human resources management including recruitment, selection, classification, compensation management, wage and salary administration, organizational development, employee training and development, employee relations and labor relations.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director
Steven Phillips

The Director of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Affairs Department is responsible for all assigned facilities, programs, services, and activities in this department. The responsibilities include coordination of the various divisions of the department which are Administration, Cultural Affairs, Ironwood Golf Course, Nature Operations and Recreation. This also includes capital project management, the operations of a municipal cemetery and passive and active land acquisition as well as the administration of all activities and personnel.  The director is responsible for overseeing several City Commission appointed advisory boards, as well as several friends and associate groups. Most recently, the director has been responsible for overseeing the departmental accreditation and the development of parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Master Plan.

Public Works Director
Phil Mann (interim)

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Community Redevelopment Agency Director
Sarah Vidal-Finn

As director of the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Sarah Vidal-Finn leads redevelopment and economic development efforts in Gainesville’s urban core. Prior to becoming the director, Sarah was responsible for the operations of the Gainesville CRA, including overseeing budgeting and procurement and improving operational processes. She also managed redevelopment projects and has successfully completed a single-family home urban infill project, a historic rehabilitation project and the development of a LEED Silver, mixed-use commercial building (now home to the CRA office and two start-up companies) and the redevelopment of Gainesville’s downtown Bo Diddley Community Plaza.

Strategic Initiatives Director
Carrie Bush

Carrie Bush assumed responsibilities as the Strategic Initiative Director in December 2016. The Strategic Initiatives Department is comprised of Citizen-Centered Gainesville, Communications Office, Economic Development & Innovation, Intergovernmental Relations, Performance Measurement and Strategic Planning.  Bush holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Miami, as well as a doctorate in public administration and policy from Florida State University.

Finance Director
April Shuping

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