Patrick Lawton

Patrick Lawton

City Administrator

Work Experience

  • City Administrator for the City of Germantown, TN since 1989
  • Assistant to the City Manager for Community Development Director for the City of Champaign, IL
  • Administrative Assistant for City of Salinas, CA


  • Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University in 1979
  • Masters in Public Administration from Indiana State University in 1981


Select Achievements

  • The Tennessee Municipal League City Manager of the Year 1996
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Mid-South Chapter Administrator of the Year 1997
  • Adjunct Teacher – University of Memphis

Board and Association Affiliations

  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
  • Tennessee City Management Association (TCMA)
  • ICMA’s Performance Management Advisory Committee
  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager
  • Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) Board of Directors
  • Germantown Performing Arts Center Board of Directors
  • Leadership Germantown Board of Directors
  • Past President of the Tennessee City Managers Association
  • Past President of the Tennessee Personnel Management Association
  • Past Treasurer Mid-South ASPA
  • Past Member Germantown Rotary
  • Past Member of Parrish Finance Council for Holy Spirit Catholic Church


  • Married to Cathy Lawton, retired special education teacher at Houston High School
  • Three children- daughter Erin (Joe), sons Brendan (Kayla) and Kipp (Samira)
  • Three grandchildren – Lily, Oliver and Soori


November 8, 2018
From Strategy to Results
Room 221
10:15  -  11:00