City Manager George Lahanas began his tenure with the city in 1999. 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, director of Administrative Services from 2005-2008, deputy city manager from July 2008-October 2011 and interim city manager from October 2011 to January 2012. 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.
Eilis Seide, Assistant to the City Manager
Eilis Seide came to the City of East Lansing as the assistant to the city manager in April 2016. In this role, Eilis serves as a liaison between the public and the City departments. She also represents the City Manager’s Office on the East Lansing Community Relations Coalition and is involved in the Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative.
Eilis graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration in 2009. She then went on to pursue her master's degree in Public Administration from American University in Washington, D.C. During her time in the nation’s capital, Eilis worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Correspondent and Staff Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. She also served as an intern at the Humane Society of the United States and Wexler & Walker lobbying firm. Eilis has also spent time in London, where she interned at APCO Worldwide.
Eilis moved back to Michigan after completing her master's degree program and is excited to have been selected to serve as the assistant to the city manager for the City of East Lansing. She looks forward to serving at the local level of government and interacting with East Lansing community members on a daily basis.