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Vickie L. Gainer


My Story

Vickie Gainer was appointed by the Lynn Haven City Commission on November 15th 2019 as the City Manager for the City of Lynn Haven, after having served in the position of Acting City Manager for nine months.  Gainer is the first woman and African American to hold this position. As the head of the city, Gainer is responsible for more than 20,000 residents, 200 employees, and several community advisory boards.  Gainer’s role comprises leading the oversight of the day-to-day operations of the city, including the Police and Fire departments, and managing a $60 million budget. Gainer has a diverse background with more than 40 years in Communications/Marketing/Public Relations and Strategic Planning. 


Gainer was hired by the City of Lynn Haven in 2017 where her previous positions included Grants and Contract Manager, Deputy City Clerk, and Interim Human Resources Director.  She was promoted to the position of Director of Administrative Support Services in 2018.  Prior to joining the city in 2017, Gainer worked as the Regional Business Development and Marketing Director for Gatehouse Media, Communications Director at Florida State University, and Assistant Marketing Director in the corporate world. 

Gainer earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Montevallo in 1981 in a remarkable three years, and received her Master of Science Degree in Corporate and Public Communications from The Florida State University in 2004.

Gainer has a strong community and public relations background and has served on over 20 boards. She currently is a member of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Board of Visitors.   Gainer has been recognized throughout her career, including being named Florida State University PC Notable ‘Nole and was voted as a Woman of Distinction for her community service by the Big Bend Girl Scout Council.   

Gainer is married to retired educator Harry Gainer, Jr. and has lived in Bay County for 42 years.  She has two children, Kara and Trey, and four adorable grandchildren.  She and her husband Harry serve as the Sunday school teachers for the adult class at St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

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