City Manager

Tom Markus, City Manager


Phone: (785) 832-3400

Fax: (785) 832-3405


Tom Markus

Tom Markus began his service to the City of Lawrence in March 2016. Tom previously served as the City Manager for Iowa City, Iowa and several management positions across the Midwest. Markus has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a core curriculum in Finance and Urban and Regional Studies from Minnesota State University. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Credentialed Manager with the International City/County Management Association and attended the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. With over 40 years of municipal experience, Tom believes that public service is a calling and a choice to serve a community.

Throughout his career, he’s worked on the development of strategic plans, capital improvement programs, reorganization of municipal departments to capitalize on efficiency and accountability, oversight of financial and budgetary considerations including economic development programs, and the creation of development plans. He has a strong interest in social justice and growth issues between the urban core and suburban areas of communities.

Markus and his wife, Debra, are empty-nesters with three grown children living in Michigan, Wisconsin and Utah. He also has family residing in Overland Park, Kansas and looks forward to quickly familiarizing his family to the Lawrence community.