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City Manager

Chris Thomas began working as Lakeland's City manager on December 30, 2013.

Mr. Thomas served one term on the Memphis City School Board prior to his election as Probate Court clerk in 1994. As probate clerk, Thomas was responsible for the administration of the court's two divisions. His office oversaw wills, estates, guardianships, and conservatorships in Shelby County. He was elected to the County Commission in 2010 after 16 years as Probate Court clerk. He was credited with modernizing the office to increase efficiency and improve customer service. Local attorneys rated Thomas' office tops among court clerk offices for exceptional service.

Thomas is a graduate of Kingsbury High School and holds a degree in marketing from the University of Memphis. He has three children and two grandchildren. He is an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett.

Mr. Thomas has been actively involved in community affairs for most of his adult life. Thomas is chairman of the Escort Marshals Committee for the St. Jude Golf classic and served on the Marguerite Piazza St. Jude Gala Board. He also is involved with promotions for the Delta Fair and Music Festival, and was the 2005 race director for Memphis-Mid-South Race for the Cure. Thomas is the past chairman of the Board of Youth for Christ (now JIFF) and is a former board member for Life Choices.


The Lakeland city manager is appointed by the elected Board of Commissioners, which includes the elected mayor and four commissioners. The board establishes goals and policies by ordinance or resolution and appoints a professional city manager to administer the daily affairs of the city.

The city manager is responsible to the Board of Commissioners for the administration of board policy and for daily city operations. The city manager acts similar to a chief executive officer appointed by the board of a corporation. The city manager appoints and supervises all other city personnel.

The City of Lakeland is governed by a “Commission-Manager” charter established by the State of Tennessee. 

City Manager
10001 Hwy. 70
Lakeland, TN 38002

Monday – Friday
8 am - 4:30 pm