Gay Lancaster and her husband Ron have lived in Belleair since 1973, where they raised their daughter Melinda. As a family, they have enjoyed the wonderful sense of community, and made many memories and lifelong friendships in Belleair. Gay’s daughter Melinda attended Rec Center programs as a child, and her husband Ron was one of the very first volunteer soccer coaches! Gay was chosen as the Interim Town Manager for Belleair in May 2022, and became the official Town Manager in July 2023.
Gay Lancaster is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She also received her master’s degree at Nova Université in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Outside of her service to Belleair, Ms. Lancaster serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for both Baycare and Morton Plant Mease. She is involved with organizations such as Leadership Tampa Bay, Leadership Pinellas, Children’s Home Society Silver Coffee Committee, and the Joint Review Committee for Education in Radiologic Technology.
Gay Lancaster began her career as a teacher of English and journalism. After receiving her MA in Criminal Justice, she spent several years working in an Administrative Director role at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Later in her career, she served in Administrative/Director roles for Pinellas County, the Juvenile Welfare Board, Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, and the Pinellas County Contractor Licensing Department.