Larry H. Hanson
The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and City Council. As chief administrative officer of the city, the City Manager is directly responsible for the efficient administration of all city government departments.
The duties and powers of the City Manager include enforcing all laws and ordinances; appointing and/or dismissing all department heads; recommending measures, ordinances, and legislation necessary for efficient operation of the city; preparing the city's recommended budget; informing the Mayor and Council of the city's financial position; and other such duties as may be required by ordinance or resolution of the Mayor and City Council.
To fulfill these duties, the City Manager is aided by an organization of city departments. The talent and skills of nearly 600 city employees are under the immediate direction of the department heads appointed by and responsible to the City Manager.
Larry Hanson currently serves as City Manager for the City of Valdosta, a position he has held since July of 1995. Prior to that, he served as Assistant City Manager, Director of Community Affairs, and Director of Parks and Recreation. As City Manager, he oversees 10 departments, 600 employees, and an 85 million dollar budget.
Larry is a graduate of Valdosta State University and Valdosta High School. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia, was a member of the charter class of Leadership Lowndes and twice served as its President. He has served on the executive committees of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce and United Way. Larry has also supported a long list of other community organizations ranging from Hospice of South Georgia to the Jimmy Carter Habitat for Humanity Work Project.
Larry has served in various roles to assist Moody AFB and base/community relations. He was a charter member of the White Knuckle Squadron, a group of local leaders who have flown in Moody AFB aircraft. His flights included both the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the T-38. He has served as an Honorary Squadron Commander for Moody AFB. He has assisted W. Parker Greene of the Moody Support Committee for many years in a supportive role. This includes approximately twenty visits to the Pentagon over the years in support of Moody AFB. He was selected to participate in the National Security Forum at the Air University and Air War College in 2008. He was recently appointed by the United States Air Force (USAF) to the Air Combat Command (ACC) Commander’s Group.
In 2001, Larry served as Campaign Chairman for the Valdosta and Lowndes County United Way campaign which raised over $1,300,000. On a State level, Larry serves on the Georgia Municipal Association Board of Directors, the Georgia Municipal Association Legislative Policy Council, and is a previous Chairman of the Georgia Municipal Association’s Revenue and Finance Committee. Larry is also a past-President of the Georgia City-County Manager’s Association (GCCMA). Throughout his career, Larry has received numerous awards for his leadership and public service. This includes recognition by the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia State Senate with Resolutions read and adopted on April 17, 2007 commending him for his distinguished career of public service. Larry was the recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Public Official Award from Valdosta State University and the 2004 Carl Vinson Institute of Government/Georgia Trend Magazine Excellence in Public Service Award. In 2007, he was selected by the University Of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute Of Government to conduct training in China on Federal, State, and Local government in Georgia. In 2010, Larry received the Georgia City/County Management Association Pillar of Professional Management Award for outstanding leadership and professional service to the local government profession. In 2011, Larry was inducted into the Georgia Municipal Association Hall of Fame.
Larry has two children, a son and a daughter. He also serves as an Elder at First Christian Church and is a past chairman of the Church Board.