Jim Gleason

City Manager
Title: City Manager; MPA, ICMA, CM
Phone: 352-429-3341 x100
Jim Gleason

City Manager/Director of Economic Development/CRA-Mascotte, Florida 2011 to Present
Mascotte is a city in Lake County, Florida, as of 2010, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 5,100. The city has an operating budget of $5 million and a total of 35 full time employees. In addition to general administration the city has police, fire, public works, water utility and storm water utility. Sanitation is contracted but oversight and billing is done by city staff. The city has established a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to encourage economic development as well as an Enterprise Zone.

City Manager - Chamblee, Georgia 2008 to 2010
Chamblee has a population of 19,500 and is located in the north east metro region of Atlanta in DeKalb County. The city has an annual operating budget of $15 million plus and has 100 plue employees. The City of Chamblee is 6 square miles.

City Manager-City and County Advisor to U.S. Government for ICMA in Kirkuk, Iraq 2007 to 2008
Worked for the International City County Managers Association as a Local Government Advisor with the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) the federal agency implementing and monitoring a program titled “Local Governance Project II” in Iraq. Kirkuk is a city located 120 miles north of Baghdad with an estimated population of 1.6 million residents. I worked with 12 city councils and 4 county councils on teaching and implementing the decentralized model of democratic local government with a total budget of $400 million.

City Manager, City of Woodstock, Georgia 2004 to 2007
Woodstock is a city located north of Atlanta in Cherokee County. The city has a total area of 8.8 miles with an estimated population of 25,000 residents. The total budget for the city was $15 million with 200 employees.

City Manager, City of Ocoee, Florida 2001 to 2004
The City of Ocoee of is located in the west part of Orange County close to Winter Garden and Orlando, Florida. The total budget was $35 million with a population was 30,654. I served as a City Commissioner in the City of Ocoee 1993 to 1997.

Florida Healthcare State Tax District: Health Central-Ocoee: Vice President of Governmental & Community Relations 1997 to 2001
The West Orange Healthcare District was established by the Florida legislature in 1947 with the purpose of providing healthcare services to residents of West Orange County. The district provides hospital, paramedic, nursing home, rehabilitation center and walk in medical clinic to all residents of West Orange County. 

  • Masters of Arts-Public Administration-Webster University – 1997
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies (Liberal Arts)-Barry University – 1995
  • Associates in Science in Business – Management and Marketing-Valencia Community College – 1985
  • National League of Cities Leadership Training Institute.
  • Leadership Florida- Florida League of Cities Leadership Program
  • Leadership Orlando
  • Leadership West Orange County
  • World Class Academy – World Class Schools
  • Florida Institute of Government-1994- Basic and Advanced Course

Community Involvement
  • International City-County Manager Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager, 2006-Present
  • Florida City County Manager Association
  • Florida League of Cities-Policy-Transportation Sub Committee
  • Lake Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) -Task Force
  • South Lake Chamber of Commerce-Economic Development
  • West Orange County Chamber of Commerce-Past
  • National League of Cities-Past
  • Georgia Municipal Association-Past
  • Georgia City County Managers Association-Past
  • Chamblee Business Associations-Past
  • Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce-Past

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