The Florida League of Cities (FLC) announced on Thursday that Jeannie Garner has been named the association’s new executive director, effective immediately.
The transition in leadership comes after the retirement of Michael Sittig, who served as executive director of the League for 25 years.
“I’m honored to lead an organization I’ve proudly been a part of for more than two decades,” said Garner. “This is my ultimate dream job, and it’s a responsibility I don’t take lightly. Our team remains focused on our mission of supporting and enhancing Florida’s 411 cities, towns and villages and helping to strengthen Home Rule.”
The groundwork for this transition was laid several years ago with the League’s Board of Directors unanimously appointing Garner as executive director-designate on September 22, 2018. Prior to that, Garner served as deputy executive director.
“Jeannie’s experience and expertise make her uniquely qualified to lead the League,” said FLC President Tony Ortiz, an Orlando city commissioner. “We’ve all seen the incredible work she’s done over the years, and we’re confident that under her leadership, the League and its members will continue to succeed.”
Garner is a 26-year League veteran, starting in the financial services division in 1994 before moving up the ranks. She’s held different positions including director of financial services and director of insurance and financial services. She also served as executive director of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association for 17 years.