City Manager's Sr. Management Team

Assistant City Manager Fred Murry

Fred Murry has more than 30 years of public service, and has served in a variety of administrative  and and /or executive positions in city and county government. His long and distinguished career includes periods of tenure as Director of the Florida Family Success Administration for the Board of County Commission, Broward County, Florida and as Director of Youth and Family Services in Loudon County, Virginia. He has also served as Community Development Director for North Miami Beach, Florida and as Housing and Grants Department Director for Lee County.

Mr. Murry is a graduate of Talladega College with a Bachelor Arts Degree in Pre-Law/History and he holds a Master of Arts Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. He serves in a number of professional associations including the National Black Public Administrators Association and the International City and County Managers Association.  

Assistant City Manager Deborah Bowie

Deborah Bowie has more than 18 years of progressive senior-level experience in the municipal and non-profit industries. Deborah most recently served as the interim City Manager for the City of Gainesville, having joined the staff as the Executive Chief of Staff in 2018. Deborah previously served 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.

In 2015, Deborah was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of North Central Florida, where she led the organization to become the lead agency for homelessness services in the region. 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 currently enrolled in the MPA program at the University of Central Florida, and is a member of International City/County Management Association, National Forum for Black Public Administrators and the Florida City County Management Association. 

Assistant City Manager Phil Mann (interim)

Philip Mann, P.E. has more than 30 years of public service with the City of Gainesville. He began his career with the city as an entry level engineer in the then Traffic Engineering Department.  He progressed through the ranks of the Public Works Department and became the Director of Public Works in September 2017 during Hurricane Irma, and led the Public Works response to that event.

Phil is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and is a registered professional engineer with the state of Florida. He is active in the American Public Works Association (APWA), and represents APWA on the national First Responder Network (FirstNet) – Public Safety Advisory Committee.  Phil also co-chairs the Department of Homeland Security – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s SAFECOM Technology Committee.  Phil was selected as APWA’s Public Works Emergency Manager of the Year for 2020.