About the City Manager

About Lee Feldman

Lee R. Feldman, ICMA-CM, joined the City of Gainesville as City Manager in November 2019. Prior to this appointment, Feldman served as City Manager from June 2011 to December 2018 for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Feldman also served as the City Manager of Palm Bay, Florida from October 2002 to June 2011, and North Miami, Florida, from May 1996 to October 2002.  His municipal career also includes serving as Deputy City Manager for the City of North Miami and as Assistant City Manager and Assistant to the City Manager for the City of North Miami Beach. Before beginning his career in local government administration, he served as a Supply Corps Officer in the United States Naval Reserve from 1987 to 2002. 

Feldman is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts. He earned a Master’s Degree in governmental administration from the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni Fellow. In addition, he is a graduate of the Senior Executive in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  In 2018, Feldman was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

His numerous professional affiliations include previously serving as a President of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA); as a member of the Board of the National Civic League (All America Cities); as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Innovation (AFI) and as a member of the National League of Cities Public Sector Retirement Advisory Committee and the Public Safety and Crime Prevention and Advocacy Steering Committee. 

Feldman previously served as a Vice President (Southeast Region) of ICMA; as President of the Florida City and County Management Association; and as a member of the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council.  He is a past recipient of the Florida League of Cities’ "City Manager of the Year" award. Additionally, he is the past chair of the National League of Cities’ City Futures Panel on Public Finance; the past chair of the ICMA Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee; the past chair of the ICMA Sustainable Communities Advisory Committee; as well as a member of the ICMA Task Force on Community Tools for Ending Racism.

Feldman is frequently called upon to speak to professional groups on a variety of municipal issues including teaching newly elected municipal officials the principles of finance and taxation in Florida.

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