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Gainesville taps Gwinnett planning director as new city manager
Bryan Lackey likely to start job within next 30 days
Bryan Lackey
Bryan Lackey

Gainesville has a new city manager.

City Council named Bryan Lackey, the director of planning and development in Gwinnett County, to the position Tuesday night. Lackey has accepted and is likely to start working at his new job in the next 30 days.

Lackey replaces Kip Padgett, who resigned as city manager in July to take the position of town manager in Wake Forest, N.C., a job he said was both a good career move and one that will bring his family closer to his wife’s relatives.

Lackey is a professional engineer and graduated from the University of Georgia. He began working for Gwinnett County in 1995, according to an online biography.

Lackey also earned a master’s degree in public administration in 2005 from then North Georgia College and State University.

He helped implement a stormwater utility in Gwinnett, something that intrigued Gainesville officials, who are in the process of developing a similar program.

Lackey and his wife have two sons and live in the Dacula area.

The Gainesville Human Resources Department received 76 applications for the position.