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Vice President, Executive Recruitment


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Doug Thomas joined SGR in 2015 and serves as Senior Vice President where he focuses on executive recruitment, leadership development, and training for local governments.

Prior to joining SGR, Doug served as City Manager for the City of Lakeland, Florida, where he has vast experience working with state and local government leaders, private partnerships, and is a charter member of Florida Business Watch. Doug is a regular presenter at national, state and local association conferences and meetings on topics ranging from electric utilities, park and recreational developments, legislative advocacy, strategic planning and budgeting, performance reviews for the Chief Executive, and other municipal programs and practices.

Doug served as City Manager for the City of Alma, Michigan, and Assistant City Manager for the City of Grand Haven Michigan. He also served with the Maryland cities of Rockville, and Landover Hills. Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Bowling Green State University, and an MPA from The American University, Washington, D.C.