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Finance Director
City of Sarasota
Christopher Lyons graduated from Long Island University’s School of Professional Accountancy, summa cum laude, with a bachelor of science. In 1978, he began his career with Touche Ross & Co. as an auditor, servicing clients in the governmental, not-for-profit, financial, defense, manufacturing and sports- franchise industries. In 1979, he successfully completed the requirements to become a CPA in the State of New York. In late 1981, he relocated to the Sarasota area and joined a four- office CPA firm, in which he became a partner during 1985. In 1982, he was granted reciprocity as a CPA in the State of Florida. His employment with the City of Sarasota began in 1987 as the accounting and payroll manager. In 1989, he was promoted to budget director, which included oversight of the annual budget and capital improvement processes. In 1991, he was promoted to deputy finance director, which consolidated the budget and capital- improvement processes with the assistant finance director functions. In September 2007, Chris was promoted to finance director.  He has been a CGFO in Florida since 1995 and a CPFO since 2001. Chris is a member of the AICPA, the FICPA, the GFOA, the FGFOA, and the Southwest Florida chapter of the FGFOA.  Chris served as president of the chapter during the 2004-2005 fiscal year. He served as a member of the FGFOA Fee Analysis Ad-Hoc Committee, chair of the School of Governmental Finance Committee for 2003-2004, and chair of the Host Committee for the annual conference for 2005-2006.