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 has served as the City Manager for the City of Valdosta since July 1995. In this position, he oversees 10 departments, 600 employees, and a $95 million budget. Prior to that, he served as Assistant City Manager, Director of Community Affairs, and Director of Parks and Recreation.
Larry is a graduate of Valdosta State University and Valdosta High School. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and a charter member of Leadership Lowndes, serving twice as its President.
His respect and appreciation for our US Armed Forces provides various service opportunities to assist Moody AFB and base/community relations. He serves on Senator David Perdue's Strategic Military Advisory Group, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Military Advisory Committee, and was appointed by the United States Air Force (USAF) to the Air Combat Command (ACC) Commander’s Group. Over the years, he has assisted W. Parker Greene of the Moody Support Committee in various supportive roles, which includes approximately 20 annual visits to the Pentagon. He has served as an Honorary Squadron Commander for Moody AFB and is a charter member of the White Knuckle Squadron, a group of local leaders who have flown in Moody AFB aircraft, with flights that included both the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the T-38.
Larry’s commitment to meet the needs for broadband service allows him to help his city, state, and nation. In 2017, he was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC), where he recommends policy for national broadband deployment. He also serves on the FCC Model Code for Municipalities working group, one of five working groups that assists the BDAC in carrying out its mission to meet the broadband needs for our nation and its citizens.
On a state level, Larry was appointed in 2014 by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to the Department of Community Affairs Board of Directors as an At-Large member for a five-year term. In three years, he has served as Chairman of the Housing Committee, Secretary, and Vice-Chairman of the Board, and he will advance to the DCA Chair position in 2018. Larry serves on the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Board of Directors, the GMA 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, such as the 2003 Valdosta State University Outstanding Public Official Award, 2004 Carl Vinson Institute of Government/Georgia Trend Magazine Excellence in Public Service Award, 2010 Georgia City/County Management Association Pillar of Professional Management Award, 2011 GMA Hall of Fame induction and as one of fifty Georgians to be selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as a 2017 Notable Georgian.
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.