City of Tallahassee Names Two New Assistant City Managers
April 29, 2014
Tallahassee City Manager Anita Favors Thompson today announced the hiring of two new Assistant City Managers. Lonnie Ballard, currently of Albany, Georgia, will join the City of Tallahassee as the Assistant City Manager over Development and Transportation. Dee Crumpler, currently the Director of the City of Tallahassee's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department, is the new Assistant City Manager over Safety and Neighborhood Services. Ballard is expected to begin work with the City on May 27; Crumpler will begin his new role on May 3.
"Our local government and citizens are constantly innovating, improving and inspiring – growing Tallahassee into a world-class city that also remembers its past. From major infrastructure projects to grassroots art projects, we continue to find ways to invest in our quality of life," Favors Thompson said. "Both Lonnie Ballard and Dee Crumpler have extensive public service experience and documented commitment to improving the communities in which they live. In their new roles, these two gentlemen will help Tallahassee continue to achieve great things, both large and small, that will contribute to the high quality of life we've come to expect."
Ballard has 17 years of management experience including serving as an Assistant City Manager for the cities of Albany and Riverdale in Georgia. He has a strong background in the public sector, previously working in planning in Newport News, Virginia, and for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority in Norfolk, Virginia. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hampton University and a Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University.
As the Assistant City Manager over Development and Transportation, he will be responsible for a total staff of approximately 428 employees and an annual budget of $61,153,462. He will provide direction and oversight for the following departments: Aviation, the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA), Growth Management, Public Works and Planning Land and Community Enhancement (PLACE).
Crumpler has risen through the ranks while working for the City of Tallahassee. He began as a police officer, investigator and operations coordinator from 1985-1992 for the Tallahassee Police Department. He switched to civilian clothes to work in the City's Community Relations Office and in several positions within Neighborhood Services. Positions included division director over neighborhood services and community centers, and assistant department director. From 1999-2004, he worked for the State of Florida as a program administrator for the Department of Revenue. He returned to the City of Tallahassee as the Director of Animal Services and steadily moved up to become the Director of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs (PRNA).
He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and is a Certified Public Manager. Additionally, he completed North Carolina State University's (NCSU) National Recreation and Parks Association Director's School and is one of only 13 individuals in the country to have completed that program's Director's Graduate Director's Institute. Crumpler has served on the Leon County School Board since 2000 and has a long history of volunteerism and service in the Tallahassee-Leon County community.
As Assistant City Manager over Safety and Neighborhood Services, Crumpler will be responsible for a total staff of approximately 926 employees and an annual budget of $108,364,027. He will provide direction and oversight for the following departments: Police, Fire, Economic and Community Development, PRNA, Emergency Management and Property Management.
All Assistant City Managers report directly to the City Manager and are members of the City's Executive Team.
Alison Faris, Communications Department, 891-8533
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