About the City Manager

About Deborah Bowie

Deborah Bowie began serving as Gainesville’s interim City Manager in January 2019. She is responsible for more than 1,100 city employees and the city's general fund budget.

In 2018, Bowie began serving at the City of Gainesville as the Executive Chief of Staff. Previously, Bowie was Chief of Staff for the Office of the Mayor in Birmingham, Alabama, and, most recently, was President/Chief Executive Officer for the United Way of North Central Florida.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Xavier University of Louisiana.

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