City Manager's Office

Dayton operates under the city manager form of government, where elected officials appoint a chief executive, the city manager, to oversee the operations of the local government. (Read about City Manager Shelley Dickstein here.)

The city manager, along with two deputy city managers, ensure goals are met and services are provided by managing the City's departments, divisions and offices. The city manager reports to the Dayton City Commission, who serve at the pleasure of the citizens of Dayton and are responsible for legislation.

Read "City Manager's Perspective," a monthly blog. 

Deputy City Managers

Photo of Deputy City Manager Joe Parlette
2021 Photo of Deputy City Manager LaShea Lofton
Joe Parlette oversees some of the City of Dayton's largest departments, including Police, Fire, and Recreation and Youth Services, as well as Human Resources. A Wright State University graduate, Parlette was previously acting Assistant City Manager, Director of the Department of Recreation and Youth Services and Manager of the Division of Golf. He joined the City in 2002 and served in administrative positions in the Dayton Fire Department.