City Manager

Photo of Suzanne Ludlow, City Manager of The City of Takoma ParkThe City Manager of Takoma Park oversees the day-to-day management of City operations and works to ensure that City staff provide excellent services to the community and adhere to best practices in managing city finances. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council, implements the policies set by the Council, and prepares an annual budget for their consideration.

Suzanne Ludlow was appointed City Manager on April 1, 2015. Please feel free to contact her with suggestions, questions, complaints or compliments at or 301-891-7229. For an appointment or a request to attend a community meeting, please contact Executive Assistant Peggye Washington at or 301-891-7230.

Ludlow is a member of the International City County Management Association and adheres to the association’s ethics provisions ( She is also a Certified Planner (American Institute of Certified Planners/American Planning Association) and a Certified Public Manager through the Institute of Regional Excellence/George Washington University. She received a BA in Urban Studies from Oberlin College and an MS in Urban Affairs/Economic Development from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before coming to Takoma Park, she worked for the city governments of Greensboro, NC and Rochester, NY.

Ludlow’s career with the City of Takoma Park began in 1993 as Assistant Director of Housing and Community Development. She has held a number of positions over the years, including Unification Coordinator and Community and Government Liaison. She became Deputy City Manager in 2008 and held that position until she was named City Manager in 2015.