Leonard Lightner, COO

Chief of Staff

Mr. Lightner has served his country and his community for over thirty years.  After 27 years of service with the United States Army, Mr. Lightner joined the private sector for several years as a banker before serving the City of Allentown starting in 2008.  Mr. Lightner has been promoted into more significant roles and responsibilities in his fourteen years with the city.  In January 2022, Mr. Lightner transitioned to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. 

Mr. Lightner has had direct supervision over Police, Fire, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, and Community and Economic Development.  In October 2020, Mr. Lightner was designated as the Deputy Mayor, where he had oversight of all departments within the city.  In 2017, Mr. Lightner became the Director of Community and Economic Development.  He managed several city bureaus in this role, including Planning and Zoning, Community Health, Building Standards, Safety, Economic Development, Community Housing, Business Expansion Attraction and Retention, Special Events, Human Relations, and the city’s federal HUD (Housing Urban Development) Department. 

Mr. Lightner had a close working relationship with all city departments and bureaus within the City of Allentown.  These experiences have enabled him to work with a diverse set of businesses, individuals, civic groups, and community leaders.

As a proven leader, Mr. Lightner received multiple awards and decorations from the United States Army.  Mr. Lightner is involved in his community and serves as a mentor for the Each One Reach One program for elementary-school boys.  He serves on several boards and commissions.