City Manager George Lahanas began his tenure with the city in 1999. Since that time, Lahanas has been served as the interim city manager of East Lansing since October 2011 and, prior to that, served as the deputy city manager of East Lansing from July 2008-October 2011. He has served in various capacities with the City of East Lansing since 1999, including serving as a labor relations specialist from 1999-2001, the director of Human Resources from 2001-2005 and the director of Administrative Services from 2005-2008. In January 2012, he was selected as the fifth city manager to serve East Lansing in its history.
Originally from New York City, George came to Michigan to attend Northern Michigan University where he earned a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in English. He subsequently completed his master's degree in Public Administration, also from Northern Michigan University. Following graduate school, George was hired on as the human resources coordinator for the Eastern Upper Peninsula Mental Health Board, later moving into the position of director of administrative operations for the Shiawassee County Mental Health Board before coming to the City of East Lansing.
Over the 15 years that George has been employed by the City of East Lansing, he has distinguished himself by upholding a high standard of professionalism. He has represented the City of East Lansing on the regional 911 collaboration committee, served as chief spokesperson for the City of East Lansing during collective bargaining negotiations, co-chaired the City's collaborative Health Care Task Force and served as staff liaison to the Human Relations Commission.
He notes that one of the most rewarding aspects of working for the City of East Lansing is the relationships he's forged with fellow employees. He also takes pride in the East Lansing community and all that it has to offer. George resides in East Lansing with his wife, Shelley and young daughters Eleni and Marina.