The City Manager is appointed by the Mayor and City Council and is the Chief Executive Officer and head of the administrative branch. He is responsible to the Mayor and the City Council for implementing the services/policies they adopt. The City Manager recommends the annual budget and work program, as well as advises the Council on policy and legislative matters.
Kip Padgett was appointed City Manager in January 2009. He started his career with the City of Gainesville in 2002 as the Director of Planning and Development and was named Assistant City Manager in 2007. Prior to coming to Gainesville, Kip worked in local Planning Departments for Athens-Clarke County and Dawson County as well as the Georgia Department of Transportation. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and a Master’s of Science Degree in Administration from Georgia College and State University as well as a Certificate in Local Government Management from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Kip is a member of the International City/County Manager’s Association and the Georgia City/County Manager’s Association. He is also a member of Rotary.
Kip resides in Gainesville and is married to Tracy Padgett and they have two children.