Assistant City Manager Paul Folkers
Paul Folkers assumed responsibilities as an Assistant City Manager for the City of Gainesville in October 2007. He has more than 25 years of progressive experience in all facets of city and county management and administration. He is currently responsible for oversight of the following city department and agencies: Public Works Department; Gainesville Fire Rescue; Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department; intergovernmental relations and additional duties as assigned by the City Manager. Folkers holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Ohio State University.
Assistant City Manager Fred Murry
Fred Murry assumed responsibilities as an Assistant City Manager for the City of Gainesville in August 2007. He has more than 30 years of governmental management, administrative and fiscal experience including: internal management systems; strategic planning; and program design and implementation. He is currently responsible for oversight of the following city departments and agencies: Facilities Management, Neighborhood Improvement consisting of Housing & Community Development, Code Enforcement, and additional duties as assigned by the City Manager. Murry holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration Degree from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History/Pre-Law from Talladega College, in Talladega, Alabama. Murry is also a Credentialed Manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
Executive Chief of Staff Betty Baker
The Executive Chief of Staff is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Office of City Manager and provides oversight to the departments of Risk Management and Fleet Management. She is also responsible for the provision of Information Technology services contracted though GRU and works very closely with Human Resources on policy development, classification and pay-related issues.
Communications and Marketing Manager Bob Woods
Bob Woods has served as the city's Communications and Marketing Manager since 2005. Woods is responsible for managing the Communications Office and the oversight of supporting general government programs or services including: strategic communication programs, broadcast services (Community 12TV), media relations, dissemination of public information, public education/outreach programs, crises communication activities, special public events and other duties as assigned by the City Manager. Woods previously served as GFR's public information officer and has been with the city since 2000. Woods has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri.