Mayor of Gainesville

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Mayor of Gainesville
Mayor of the city of Gainesville, Florida
Lauren Poe

since May 10, 2016
Term lengthThree Years
renewable once
WebsiteOffice of the Mayor

The Mayor of the City of Gainesville is the official head of the city of Gainesville in the U.S. state of Florida. The mayor of Gainesville is elected by universal suffrage by the citizens of Gainesville to a three-year term and limited to serving no more than two terms.[2]

Duties and powers[edit]

Gainesville has a council–manager form of government which means day-to-day operations of the city are run by the city manager. The mayor is the official head of the city for ceremonially purposes, receipt of service of legal processes and the purposes of military law. The mayor is technically a member of the city council and is required to preside at all meetings. The mayor is also allowed to vote on all matters that come before the city council, but has no veto powers.[3]

As of July 1 2015, the salary for the mayor is set at $41,781.77[4].

History of the Mayor's Office[edit]


The mayor is elected in a citywide election. Elections occur every three years during the spring. Elections are non-partisan and by majority, but if no candidate receives a majority a run-off election is called between the top two candidates who received the most votes.[5]


Per city code of ordinances, the mayor-commissioner pro tempore shall perform the functions and duties of the office of mayor in the absence of the mayor. If the mayor's seat is vacated , and less than 6 months remain in the unexpired term or until the next regular election the commission shall appoint a successor to serve until a new mayor is elected. If there is more than 6 months remaining in the term or until the next general election, the seat shall be filled by a special election not more than 60 days after the occurrence the vacancy.[6]

The mayor is subject to recall as provided by Florida law.[7]

Mayors of Gainesville[edit]

Years of service Mayor
1901-1907 William Reuben Thomas
1908-1909 Horatio Davis [8]
1910-1917 Chris Matheson[9]
circa 1918 Gordon Tison [10]
1924-1925 Robert W. Davis [8]
1951 J. Milton Brownlee [8]
1952 Fred M. Cone [8]
1953 Roy L. Purvis [8]
1954 C. B. Bohannon Jr., [8]
1955 Joseph C. Wise [8]
1959 Myrl J. Hanes [8]
1962-1968 Howard Towles McKinney
1970-1971 Perry McGriff [11]
1975-1976 Joseph W. Little [12]
1984-1985 Jean Chalmers [12]
1985-1986 Gary Gordon
1987-1988 N. David Flagg [12]
1988-1989 David Coffey [12]
1989-1990 Cynthia Moore Chestnut [12]
1991-1992 Rodney J. Long [12]
1994-1995, 1998-2001 Paula M. DeLaney [12][13]
1997-1998 Bruce L. Delaney, [12]
2001-2004 Thomas D. Bussing, [12]
2004-2010 Pegeen Hanrahan
2010-2013 Craig Lowe
2013-2016 Ed Braddy [14]
2016-present Lauren Poe


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  4. ^ "Supervisor of Elections" (PDF). Retrieved April 21, 2018.
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  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Lawrence Kestenbaum (ed.). "Mayors of Gainesville, Florida". Political Graveyard. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "FLOR500: Garden 303 - Xavier Cortada, Inc". Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  10. ^ History of Florida, Past and Present: Historical and Biographical. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. 1923.
  11. ^ "Perry Colson McGriff, Jr.", Gainesville Sun, February 5, 2017
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Gainesville mayors, past and present, oppose the road tax", Gainesville Sun, October 25, 2012
  13. ^ "City Commission". Gainesville, Florida Official Homepage. Archived from the original on December 5, 2000 – via Internet Archive, Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Poe Defeats Braddy In Gainesville Mayoral Race",, University of Florida, March 15, 2016