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Robert R. “Bobby” Green

December 2013 Distinguished Alumnus


Robert R. “Bobby” Green is the City Manager for the City of Auburndale, a position he has held since 1991. Out of seventeen municipalities in Polk County, he is the longest tenured city manager. Bobby provides leadership to a staff of 168 employees, reports to five elected officials, and oversees a $31 million municipal budget.

Bobby received his Associate in Arts degree from Polk State College in 1985. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida in 1987, and his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of South Florida in 1988.

An Auburndale native, Bobby was elected to the Auburndale City Commission in 1980 at the age of 21. In 1982 he was elected mayor, becoming the youngest elected mayor in Florida’s history. He was attending Polk State while serving on the City Commission, and thought that his future would be in politics, but chose instead to pursue public administration in order to serve his community.

While at Polk State, Bobby was selected as the College’s nominee for the Harry S. Truman Presidential Scholarship. He was ultimately named the winner for the State of Florida in 1986.

As one of only four city managers in the City of Auburndale since 1949, Bobby has devoted his career to improving the facilities and services to the people in the community. He has also mentored five assistant city managers who have now become city managers in Central Florida municipalities.

In 2013, Bobby was named Citizen of the Year by the Auburndale Chamber of Commerce. In October 2013, the International City/County Management Association student chapter at the University of South Florida was renamed in his honor.

Other career accomplishments include Ridge League of Cities Municipal Official of the Year in 1994 and 2003; Florida City/County Manager’s Association Award for Career Excellence in 2007 and Career Development Award in 2010, and induction into the Auburndale High School Hall of Fame in 2000.

Bobby lives in Auburndale with his wife, Leanne. They have a grown son and daughter who live out of state.