Deputy Town Manager
Under the direction of the Town Manager, Deputy Town Manager Gerald "Tony" Bryan professionally manages the day-to-day operations of the Town's Finance Department. He oversees Town purchases to ensure that its official purchasing policies are followed and is also responsible for preparing the Town’s annual operating and capital improvement budgets. Tony also has supervisory responsibility for the Town Clerk's Office, the Municipal Services Director, and the Town’s IT contractor.
The Finance Department invests cash and maintains internal accounting controls to ensure the reliability of all Town financial records. The Finance Director is also the liaison to the Audit Committee, the Volunteer Fire Department Pension Board and the external auditor.
Unlike many other cities, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea has no debt. It also has the third lowest tax rate among Broward County's 31 municipalities, and the lowest Fire Assessment fee.
Tony is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tulane University, an M.B.A. from Loyola University in New Orleans, and a Master’s degree in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University.
He worked for FEMA and Humana as an auditor before joining Carnival Cruises where he worked for nine years, starting as an auditor and eventually was promoted to the position of Vice President of Finance with responsibility for shipboard financial activities.
Tony was hired by the Town as Finance Director in 2011. He was was promoted to Deputy Town Manager in 2017. As Finance Director, Tony accomplished the following:
- Negotiated a reduction in pre-payment penalties for the Town’s parking system debt before paying that debt off entirely.
- Resolved long-standing IT issues and improved IT service and capability for Town government.
- Solicited banking proposals that resulted in more favorable terms for the Town.
- Assisted with the establishing credit card capability for the Town’s parking meters.
- Resolved outstanding issues in the Town’s financial audit.
- Obtained comment-free audits four years in a row before being promoted to Assistant Town Manager in 2016.