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Contacting the City of Gainesville


...By Mail
Correspondence to the City of Gainesville may be addressed here:
P.O. Box 490
Gainesville, FL 32627-0490

...In Person
City Commission meetings and other activities of community interest take place at City Hall, located in downtown Gainesville. Visit City Hall at this address:
200 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601

 ...By Departments/Divisions and Charter Offices Directory

The City of Gainesville is divided into functional areas according to the organizational chart. Detailed contact, web links, and more information are provided on each functional area. Please click the + sign on the right to expand this module and view the phone numbers.

Budget and Finance

Head:  Mark Benton
Reports To:  Administrative Services
Phone:  352-334-5054
Fax:  352-334-2271
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 8, 32627-0490
Location:  Downtown, City Hall, Third Floor
Email:  
Website:  http://finance.cityofgainesville.org/
Services:  Safeguards the city's financial assets and ensures maximum utilization of revenues, provides financial information and projections to support the needs of the City Commission, management, and citizens. Additionally, they assist in the management of the city's resources through the evaluation of urban services provision, new revenue opportunities and appropriate expenditure levels; and provide budgetary support services for all city departments and coordinate the city's efforts focusing on long-range financial planning, trend analysis, urban services provision and the development of an ongoing strategic planning process.

City Commission

Head:  Mayor Ed Braddy
Reports To:  Citizens
Phone:  352-334-5016
Fax:  352-334-2036
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 19, 32627-0490
Location:  Downtown, City Hall, First Floor
Email:  
Website:  http://commission.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Performs administrative duties such as passing the city's budget, setting the millage rate and approving ordinances and resolutions.

Administrative Services

Head:  Becky Rountree
Reports To:  City Manager
Phone:  352-334-5013
Fax:  352-334-3119
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 7, 32627-0490
Location:  Downtown, City Hall, Fourth Floor
Email:  
Services:  Coordinates services provided to support city operations, including those provided by Budget and Finance, Strategic Planning and Risk Management Departments.

Assistant City Manager

Head:  Fred Murry
Reports To:  City Manager
Phone:  352-334-5010
Fax:  352-334-3119
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 6, 32627-0490
Location:  Downtown, City Hall, Fourth Floor
Email:  
Website:  http://ctymgr.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Serves as liaison to the City Manager's Office and oversees Capital Projects and Neighborhood Improvement Department, which includes Code Enforcement, Community Redevelopment Agency, Community Development Block Grant, Neighborhood Planning, Housing and General Services.

Building Inspection

Head:  John Freeland
Reports To:  Planning and Development Services Director
Phone:  352-334-5050
Fax:  352-334-2207
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 9, 32627-0490
Email:  
Website:  http://building.cityofgainesville.org/
Services:  Building remodel permits, electrical permits, mechanical/gas permits, new construction permits, plumbing permits, fire alarm permits, fire sprinkler permits, credit authorization forms and notice of commencements.

Planning and Development Services Department

Head:  Erik Bredfeldt, interim
Reports To:  City Manager
Phone:  352-393-8691
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 33, 32627-0490
Website:  http://planning.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Provides long-term strategy for the city's growth.

Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)

Head:  Anthony Lyons
Reports To:  Asst. City Manager
Phone:  352-393-8200
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 48, 32627-0490
Location:  Fifth Avenue Commercial Building
Email:  
Website:  http://www.gainesvillecra.com/
Services:  The City of Gainesville established the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in 1981 to create a redevelopment framework in which the central city district will evolve into a more dynamic office, service, financial, entertainment, residential and governmental area.

Code Enforcement

Head:  Chris Cooper
Reports To:  Asst. City Manager
Phone:  352-334-5030
Fax:  352-334-2239
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 10A, 32627-0490
Location:  Thomas Center B
Email:  
Website:  http://ce.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Responsible for enforcing compliance with the city’s Code of Ordinances including the zoning code, minimum housing code, commercial buildings code, hazardous/perilous land ordinance and abandoned vehicles.

Housing & Community Development

Head:  Jacquelin Richardson
Reports To:  Asst. City Manager
Phone:  352-334-5026
Fax:  352-334-2272
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 10B, 32627-0490
Location:  Thomas Center B
Email:  
Website:  http://hcd.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Housing services include H.U.D.-certified counseling agency, homebuyer education/training, loan portfolio management, annual maintenance, property management and technical assistance.

Planning & Zoning

Head:  Ralph Hilliard
Reports To:  Planning and Development Services
Phone:  352-334-5023
Fax:  352-334-3259
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 12, 32627-0490
Location:  Thomas Center B
Email:  
Website:  http://planning.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  The Planning Division works with four citizen review boards appointed by the City Commission, in addition to various ad hoc groups and neighborhood organizations.

Facilities Management

Reports To:  General Services
Phone:  352-393-8284
Fax:  352-334-3110
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 42, 32627-0490
Email:  
Services:  Facilities Management maintains all city buildings, including electrical, energy management, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, carpentry, painting and custodial services.

Fire Rescue

Head:  Chief Gene Prince
Reports To:  Asst. City Manager
Phone:  352-334-5078 (admin.), 911 (emergencies)
Fax:  352-334-2529
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 34, Gainesville, FL 32627-0490
Email:  
Website:  http://www.gfr.org/
Services:  Performs fire fighting, emergency medical services, technical rescue, fire prevention, public safety and education services, and hazardous materials response from seven fire stations throughout Gainesville.

Fleet Management

Head:  Milton Reid
Reports To:  General Services
Phone:  352-334-2978
Fax:  352-334-2268
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 51, 32627-0490
Email:  
Services:  Maintains official city vehicles, providing scheduled and preventative maintenance and emergency repairs.

Human Resources

Head:  Cheryl McBride
Reports To:  City Manager and General Manager for Utilities
Phone:  352-334-5077 (General), 352-334-5009 (Job Line), 352-334-2292 (TDD/TTY)
Fax:  352-334-2291
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 20, 32627-0490
Location:  Downtown, Old Library Building, First Floor
Email:  
Website:  http://hr.cityofgainesville.org/
Services:  Coordinates recruiting/hiring processes, job training, labor relations and benefits including compensation for all city departments, including GRU.

Gainesville Police (GPD)

Head:  Chief Tony Jones
Reports To:  City Manager
Phone:  352-334-2411 (Admin.), 911 (Emergencies), 352-334-2452 (GPD front desk), 352-955-1818 (Non-Emergency Services)
Fax:  352-334-3188
Address:  P.O. Box 1250, Station 50, 32627-0490
Location:  Corner of Sixth Street and Eigth Avenue
Email:  
Website:  http://www.gainesvillepd.org/
Services:  Performs community-oriented policing, law enforcement, quality of life services and provides public safety information.

Public Works

Head:  Teresa Scott
Reports To:  Asst. City Manager
Phone:  352-334-5070
Fax:  352-334-2093
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 58, 32627-0490
Location:  39th Avenue Compound
Email:  
Website:  http://pubworks.cityofgainesville.org/
Services:  Maintains the city's infrastructure, including streets, buildings, sidewalks and wastewater systems. Also oversees solid waste disposal, mosquito control and transportation services (RTS).

Stormwater Management

Head:  Stewart Pearson
Reports To:  Public Works
Phone:  352-334-5072
Fax:  352-334-2093
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 58, 32627-0490
Email:  
Website:  SpacerGOVERNMENTSpacerCityDepartmentsNZSpacerStormwaterManagement
Services:  Gainesville's Stormwater Management program provides street sweeping 6 to 8 times a year in order to reduce the build up of debris in drainage systems; mosquito control; regulation, maintenance and operation of stormwater management systems; floodplain management program to maintain eligibility in the Federal Flood Insurance program, and implementation of capital improvement and restoration plans to improve impaired waters in our urban streams and water bodies.

Regional Transit System (RTS)

Head:  Jesus M. Gomez
Reports To:  Public Works
Phone:  352-334-2600
Fax:  352-334-2607
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 5, 32627-0490
Email:  
Website:  http://www.go-rts.com/
Services:  Provides public transportation to the Gainesville area, including UF campus, ADA and paratransit door-to-door services, and park-and-ride to UF home games.

Solid Waste

Head:  Steve Joplin
Reports To:  Public Works
Phone:  352-334-2330
Fax:  352-334-2213
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 10, 32627-0490
Email:  
Website:  http://solidwaste.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Solid Waste Division is responsible for coordinating the city's trash, yard waste and recycling programs as well as sponsoring environmentally-friendly cleanup projects in the Gainesville community.

Transportation Services

Head:  Debbie Leistner
Reports To:  Public Works
Phone:  352-334-5074
Fax:  352-334-2093
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 58, 32627-0490
Email:  
Website:  http://transportation.cityofgainesville.org/
Services:  The Transportation Services Division is responsible for the planning, design, operation and maintenance necessary to provide an effective and safe transportation network for vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Ironwood Golf Course

Head:  Michelle Park
Reports To:  Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Affairs
Phone:  352-334-3120
Fax:  352-334-3107
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 23, Gainesville, Florida 32627
Email:  
Website:  http://ironwood.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Ironwood Golf course is a full-service recreational facility owned and operated by the City of Gainesville, Florida.

Environmental Education

Head:  Linda Demetropoulos
Reports To:  Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Affairs
Phone:  352-334-5067
Fax:  352-334-3299
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 24, Gainesville, Florida 32627
Email:  
Website:  http://www.natureoperations.org/
Services:  The Nature Operations Division mission is to acquire, design, develop,and operate environmental properties, greenspace, and greenways through natural resource management practices; to stimulate public knowledge and awareness through environmental efforts through intergovernmental and multipurpose agreements.

Risk Management

Head:  Steven Varvel
Reports To:  Administrative Services
Phone:  352-334-5045 (Risk), 352-334-5037 (Employee Health Services)
Fax:  352-334-3102
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 60, 32627-0490
Location:  Downtown, Old Library Building, Ground Floor
Email:  
Website:  http://risk.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Responsible for the management and administration of the city's group and voluntary benefits programs, property and casualty programs, workers’ compensation, employee health and wellness clinic and pension/deferred compensation programs.

Communications Office

Head:  Bob Woods
Reports To:  Assistant City Manager
Phone:  352-334-5017
Fax:  352-334-3119
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 6, 32627-0490
Location:  Downtown, City Hall, Fourth Floor
Email:  
Website:  http://communications.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Coordinates communication and media related activities of general government departments relating to General Government operations. Serves as primary media contact and the official spokesperson for the City of Gainesville general government.

Small Business Procurement

Reports To:  Office of Equal Opportunity
Phone:  352-334-5051
Fax:  352-334-334-2088
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 52, 32627-0490
Location:  Old Library Building, Second Floor
Email:  
Website:  http://ecodev.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Provides the city’s qualified local small businesses with business services that promote start-up, growth and development.

LifeQuest

Head:  Rod Clark
Reports To:  Risk Management
Phone:  352-393-8542
Address:  PO Box 490, Station 60 Gainesville, Florida 32627
Location:  Downtown, Old Library Building, Ground Floor, 222 East University Avenue
Website:  http://lifequest.cityofgainesville.org/
Services:  LifeQuest is a program that promotes health, diet, and fitness offered at no cost to City of Gainesville employees, retirees, and their families. LifeQuest has been recognized by the former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, as one of the most effective employee health and fitness programs in the United States and identified by the US Food and Drug Administration as the template for workplace wellness programs in our country.

Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Affairs Department

Head:  Steve Phillips
Reports To:  Assistant City Manager
Phone:  352-334-5067
Fax:  352-334-3299
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 24, Gainesville, Florida 32627
Email:  
Website:  http://recparks.cityofgainesville.org/
Services:  The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs advocates the importance of thriving, local park systems, the opportunity for all citizens to lead healthy, active lifestyles and the preservation of great community places. The department offers a wide variety of recreational and leisure programs for the Gainesville community.

Assistant City Manager

Head:  Paul Folkers
Reports To:  City Manager
Phone:  352-334-5010
Fax:  352-334-3119
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 6, 32627-0490
Location:  City Hall, Fourth Floor
Email:  
Website:  http://ctymgr.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Serves as liaison to the City Manager's Office and oversees the Communications Office, Public Works, Gainesville Fire Rescue and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

City Attorney

Head:  Nicolle Shalley
Reports To:  City Commission
Phone:  352-334-5011
Fax:  352-334-2229
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 46, 32627-0490
Location:  Downtown, City Hall, Fourth Floor
Email:  
Website:  http://attorney.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Provides legal advice and counsel to the city, its elected and appointed officials, its boards, departments and agencies.

City Auditor

Head:  Brent Godshalk
Reports To:  City Commission
Phone:  352-334-5020
Fax:  352-334-2096
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 17, 32627-0490
Location:  Downtown, City Hall, Second Floor
Email:  
Website:  http://auditor.cityofgainesville.org/
Services:  Evaluates city programs through financial, compliance and operational audits.

City Manager

Head:  Russ Blackburn
Reports To:  City Commission
Phone:  352-334-5010
Fax:  352-334-3119
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 6, 32627-0490
Location:  Downtown, City Hall, Fourth Floor
Email:  
Website:  http://ctymgr.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Responsible for the implementation of City Commission policies relating to General Government operations. Oversees all city programs and services.

Clerk of the Commission

Head:  Kurt M. Lannon
Reports To:  City Commission
Phone:  352-334-5015
Fax:  352-334-2036
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 19, 32627-0490
Location:  Downtown, City Hall, First Floor
Email:  
Website:  http://clerks.cityofgainesville.org
Services:  Provides general support to the City Commission, maintains the city's vital records, performs research requested by the Commission or city staff and responds to citizen inquiries and complaints.

Office of Equal Opportunity

Head:  Cecil Howard
Reports To:  City Commission
Phone:  352-334-5051
Fax:  352-334-2088
Address:  P.O. Box 490, Station 52, 32627-0490
Location:  Downtown, Old Library Building, Second Floor
Email:  
Website:  http://eo.cityofgainesville.org/
Services:  Ensures equal access to city services, programs, employment and facilities, investigates complaints of discrimination and serves as liason to city's Human Rights Board.

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU)

Head:  Robert Hunzinger
Reports To:  City Commission
Phone:  352-334-3400 (Admin), (800) 818-3436 (Toll-Free), 352-334-3434 (Customer Service)
Address:  P.O. Box 147051, 32601
Location:  Downtown, corner of SE 3rd St. and SE 4th Ave.
Email:  
Website:  http://www.gru.com/
Services:  Provider of public utilities, including electric, natural gas, water, wastewater and telecommunications services.

Information Technology Department

Reports To:  GRU
Phone:  352-334-5033 (admin.), 352-393-1111 (help/support)
Fax:  352-334-2835
Address:  P.O. Box 147051, Box E1-C, Gainesville, FL 32614-7051
Location:  Downtown, Old Library Building, Second Floor and EOC Building 1
Email:  
Services:  Responsible for administration, support and maintenance for City of Gainesville computer systems and website.
 ...By Phone

We've assembled a list of Frequently Dialed Numbers for City, County, and State government and associated other local services for your convenience. Please click the + sign on the right to expand this module and view the phone numbers.
AgenciesCategoryTelephone1Telephone2
1. City of GainesvilleGeneral Information352-334-5000 
2. Alachua CountyGeneral Information352-374-5210 
Administrative ServicesLocal Services - City Of Gainesville352-334-5013 
Alachua County Supervisor of ElectionsVoter Registration and Elections Information352-374-5252 
All EmergenciesLocal Services911 
American Red CrossPublic Safety/Emergency Management352-376-4669 
Animal ServicesLocal Services - Alachua County352-264-6870 
Building Permits & InspectionsLocal Services - City Of Gainesville352-334-5050 
Bus SchedulesLocal Services - City Of Gainesville352-334-2600 
Bus: Mini-Bus (elderly, handicapped)Local Services - City Of Gainesville352-375-2784 
Cable TV RepairsLocal Services888-269-9693 
Cable TV Service and BillingLocal Services888-269-9693 
Community Action AgencyPublic Safety/Emergency Management352-373-7667 
Court houseLocal Services - Alachua County352-374-3636 
Crisis LinePublic Safety/Emergency Management - Alachua County352-264-6789 
Equal OpportunityLocal Services - City Of Gainesville352-334-5051 
Florida Highway PatrolPublic Safety/Emergency Management - State of Florida352-955-3181 
Gainesville Fire RescuePublic Safety/Emergency Management - City of Gainesville352-334-5078 
Gainesville Police DepartmentPublic Safety/Emergency Management - City of Gainesville352-955-1818 
Gainesville SunLocal Services352-378-1411 
Gainesville Sun: 1.Home DeliveryLocal Services352-378-1416 
Gainesville Sun: 2. Classified AdvertisingLocal Services352-372-4222 
Gainesville Sun: 3. Retail AdvertisingLocal Services352-374-5012 
Garbage/trashLocal Services - City Of Gainesville352-334-2330 
Garbage/trashLocal Services - Alachua County352-338-3233 
GRU: 1.Gainesville Regional UtilitiesLocal Services(352) 334-3400 
GRU: 2.Customer ServiceLocal Services(352) 334-3434 
GRU: 3.Hearing Impaired TTDLocal Services(352) 334-2742 
GRU: 4.Location of Buried UtilitiesLocal Services(800) 432-4770 
GRU: 5.ElectricLocal Services(352) 334-2871 
GRU: 6.GasLocal Services(352) 334-2550 
GRU: 7.WaterLocal Services(352) 334-2711 
Health DepartmentLocal Services - Alachua County(352) 334-7900 
Humane SocietyLocal Services - Alachua County(352) 373-5855 
Hurricanes and StormsPublic Safety/Emergency Management - Alachua County352-264-6500 
Information and ReferralLocal Services - City Of Gainesville(352) 334-5005 
LibraryLocal Services - Alachua County(352) 334-3900 
National Suicide HotlinePublic Safety/Emergency Management1-800-784-24331-800-Suicide
National Suicide Prevention LifelinePublic Safety/Emergency Management1-800-273-82551-800-273-TALK
Poison ControlPublic Safety/Emergency Management(800) 222-1222 
Public Utilities Service FailurePublic Safety/Emergency Management - City of Gainesville(352) 334-2871 
Recycling InformationLocal Services - City Of Gainesville(352) 334-2130 
Rumor ControlPublic Safety/Emergency Management - Alachua County(352) 264-6557 
Salvation ArmyPublic Safety/Emergency Management(352) 376-1743 
School BoardLocal Services - Alachua County(352) 955-7300 
Sheriff's OfficePublic Safety/Emergency Management - Alachua County(352) 955-2500 
Street MaintenanceLocal Services - City Of Gainesville(352) 334-2161 
Tag OfficeLocal Services - Alachua County(352) 374-5263 
Tax CollectorLocal Services - Alachua County(352) 374-5236 
Traffic OperationsLocal Services - City Of Gainesville(352) 393-8155(352) 393-8150
U.S. Post OfficeLocal Services - Federal Government(800) 275-8777 
Vehicles-AbandonedLocal Services - City Of Gainesville(352) 334-5030 
Victim ServicesPublic Safety/Emergency Management - Alachua County352-264-6760 
Morningside Nature CenterLocal Services - City of Gainesville352-393-8756352-334-3326
 ...By E-mail

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