SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – Following an impressive 30-year career with the city, Springfield City Manager, Gina Holt, is set to retire Dec. 31.
Holt, the first woman to serve as Springfield’s city manager as well as first assistant manager, has held the position since 2017 after previously serving as the Assistant City Manager.
Over the years, Holt has received recognition and awards for her leadership including City Manager of the Year by the Tennessee City Management Association (TCMA) in 2019.
Holt’s career in public service began after college. She initially planned to enter the business world, but found herself in Washington, D.C. serving in various roles. She worked in the White House for President Reagan’s Office of Management and Budget and served a stint at the State Department. She also served on United States Senator Howard Baker’s staff in Washington. While working for Sen. Baker, she served with a young intern who would later become the Governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam.
Once Gina returned to Tennessee, her public service continued at the local level with the City of Springfield.
Gina played a key role working with other local leaders in consolidating the E-911 dispatching service across all of Robertson County. The consolidation allowed for pooled resources and cut costs for dispatching services.
As a visionary, Gina was on the leading edge of the trend among public entities to self-fund their health insurance plan. Because of her effort and fiscally sound plan management, the city has saved employees and taxpayers several million dollars in premium payments.
She has been integral in and overseen since becoming city manager, a tremendous downtown revitalization effort that has capitalized on the regional growth and new energy. This revitalization transformed the historic downtown of Springfield from a deserted area to a vibrant, merchant-filled place of pride for our community.
Gina has exemplified dedication to her profession. She is an active member, past board member, and past-president of the Tennessee City Management Association. Gina is also a member of the International City/County Management Association. Additionally, she is serving as a board member of the Tennessee Municipal League. She served for nine years on the board of the TML Risk Management Pool – now Public Entity Partners to further the cause of local governments.
Holt is also active in numerous civic and local organizations in Springfield. She is an active member of Springfield Baptist Church and is a member and past-president of the Springfield Kiwanis Club. She is also currently serving on the board of directors of the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce.
“Gina Holt has been a selfless, dedicated and invaluable City Manager. She has conducted her job with integrity, intelligence and grace, particularly over the challenging last few months,” said Mayor Ann Schneider. “We will miss her tremendously, but we are better as a City because of her. On a personal note, I will miss working with her every day. However, we are blessed she will remain in Springfield and we wish her the absolute best.”