Key Staff

Gregory Barfield
Assistant City Manager

Mr. Barfield provides leadership for City staff that provides facilities, programs, and services that residents rely upon for transportation and travel, sports and entertainment, animal care and welfare, and public parking. Mr. Barfield will work with City staff and community stakeholders to identify opportunities to increase the value and benefit that key public facilities, programs, and services provide to city residents. Mr. Barfield has worked for the City of Fresno since 2005 and provides expertise across all dimensions of city government. Mr. Barfield previously served as the Director of Transportation, where lead a team of over 500 employees, and manages an annual budget of over $165 million. During Mr. Barfield’s successful career at the City, he has served as a Staff to the Mayor’s/Manager’s Office, Council Chief-of-Staff, an Assistant Department Director, and a Department Director. Mr. Barfield was born in the City of Fresno and graduated from California State University, Fresno with a bachelor’s degree in social work, and a master’s degree in leadership and organizational studies from Fresno Pacific University.

Francine Kanne
Assistant City Manager

Ms. Kanne provides leadership for the City staff that provides facilities, programs, and services for parks and recreation and public safety. Ms. Kanne will work with City staff and community stakeholders to identify opportunities to enhance the level of service, quality of service, and cost of service for parks and recreation and public safety. Ms. Kanne has been a trial lawyer for 33 years and has worked for the City of Fresno in the City Attorney’s Office since 2004. Most recently, Ms. Kanne served as the head of the City Attorney’s Litigation Department, supervising both in-house and outside legal counsel to protect the interests of the City in delivering facilities, programs, and services to the community. Ms. Kanne offers the City extensive experience working with City Departments and the City Council to enhance city services in full compliance with federal, state, and local requirements and community expectations. Ms. Kanne earned an associate science degree in dental hygiene from Fresno City College, majored in business at California State University, Fresno, and earned a Juris Doctorate from the San Joaquin College of Law.

Georgeanne White
Assistant City Manager

Ms. White will provide leadership for the City staff that provides internal services that contribute significantly to the City’s delivery of high-quality facilities, programs, and services. These internal services include budget, finance, information services, and personnel. Ms. White will work with City staff to ensure that all facilities, programs, and services are resourced appropriately to meet the community’s expectations for the level of service, quality of service, and cost of service. Ms. White’s executive leadership experience with the City of Fresno totals 19 years, during which she served as a Council Chief-of-Staff; an Assistant Department Director, and Mayoral Chief-of-Staff for two, two-term Mayors. Most recently, Ms. White was the founder and principal of Starting Point Solutions, LLC, a specialty consulting firm with expertise in organizational management and administration, project management, government affairs, and public policy. Ms. White provides the City with successful executive leadership expertise across all dimensions of city government, as well as private-sector consulting expertise. Ms. White holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in business law, from California State University, Fresno.