City Manager Bio

Laura S. Gill

Laura S. Gill was appointed Elk Grove’s third city manager in May 2008. With more than 30 years of municipal government experience, Laura is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and is currently the Sacramento region’s only female City Manager. Her professional experience includes five years with the County of El Dorado as the Chief Administrative Officer and more than 15 years of service to the City of Durham, North Carolina where she held a variety of positions.

Laura’s first assignment as City Manager was to balance a $210 million operating budget and lead more than 260 staff members through the worst economic downturn in our city’s history. Laura’s skill set “growing up in the budget shop” was put to the test. By limiting City spending and prudent planning, Laura has been able to establish a balanced, healthy budget that allows the City to provide high-quality services within our means. Her leadership at the City of Elk Grove has resulted in numerous national and statewide awards for excellence in fiscal management and governmental budgeting.

Stabilizing the budget has allowed Laura to concentrate on promoting economic development, supporting job creation, and improving customer service. Using existing resources, she has initiated multiple business and residential customer service programs that make City Hall an easier place to do business.

Laura is also a role model for working mothers at City Hall. In a state where fewer than 19% of its cities are managed by women, Laura has established family friendly programs and policies; encouraged professional mentoring; and continues to offer one-on-one career advice to junior staff.

Laura obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Bachelor’s Degree from Wake Forest University. She was named the Elk Grove Citizen’s Woman of the Year in 2010 and is an honorary member of the Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC).

When not at City Hall, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, Nav, and their three children.

City Manager Contact Information
Laura S. Gill
(916) 478-2200 (office)

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