Robert Lee

Robert E. Lee
Senior Executive in Residence and and Executive Director of the Center for Florida Local Government Excellence

D.P.A., Nova University, Public Administration
M.P.A., University of Pittsburgh
B.A., University of Pittsburgh

Specializations: Local Government, Public Budgeting, and Financial Management

Phone:(850) 645-1341
Email: relee2@fsu.edu
Office: 647 Bellamy


Dr. Robert E. Lee has a distinguished career in local government, serving as a city administrator in three Florida cities--Lauderhill, Gulfport and Naples--since 1984. Lee has been an active leader in the Florida City and County Management Association, serving as a board member and president, and has served on many of the Association's professional committees.

Dr. Lee brings his expert knowledge of Florida local government to FSU students through teaching and mentoring, and will help develop the capacity of the new Center for Florida Local Government Excellence to serve the needs of Florida local-government professionals and the residents of Florida.

Recent Publications and Papers

Co-authored an article with Andrew Thompson that was accepted for publication in the March/April 2013 Journal of Compensation and Benefit Review and is entitled: Public-Private Sector Pay Comparisons: An analysis in Florida."

Co-authored an article with Yahong Zhang and Kaifeng Yang that was published in the Winter 2012 Journal of Public Affairs Education and is entitled: Knowledge and Skills for Policy Making: Stories from Public Managers in Florida."

Co-authored an article with Joseph Vonasek that was published in the May/June 2011 Journal of Compensation and Benefit Review and is entitled: Police and Fire Pensions in Florida: A Historical Perspective and Cause for Future Concerns.

Co-authored 2012 (2nd edition) book and original 2010 book entitled: "Florida County Government Guide" which was published by the Florida Association of Counties.

Co-authored 2010 article with Mike Abels entitled "Designing Local Government for the 21st Century" which was published in Public Management, November, vol 92, no 10.

Co-authored paper with Dr. Lance dehaven-smith entitiled: Florida's Constitutional System of Public Finance: Maintaining the Balance Between State and Local Government (2009) See cflge.org

Co-authored on-line ethics course for the Florida City and County Management Association. All new members are required to complete the course for membership. (2007) Published articles in the Chamber Leadership Forum entitled: “Intellectual Leadership” and “Leaders Learning from Leaders” (2007).

Dissertation entitled: “The Relationship Between the Biodata of City and County Managers and Their Perceptions of Their Own Transformational Leadership Qualities of Idealized Influence, Inspirational Motivation, Intellectual Stimulation, and Individual Consideration” (2000)


Recent Awards/Achievements

Recipient of an “Outstanding Service Award” from the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce (2007)

Recipient of the annual “If You Care You Do” award from the Florida City and County Management Association (2000 and 2003) and the 2009 "President's Award" for commitment and Leadership in the education of Local Government Managers

Inducted into the Florida City and County Management Association's “Hall of Fame” for support of Manager's in Transition (2002)

Recipient of the “Picot B. Floyd Public Service Award” from the Suncoast Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (2001)



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