Mayor's Office

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird in a mask
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird was elected the 52nd mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska in May 2019.


Mayor Gaylor Baird believes that city government, at its best, helps people coexist and reach their full human potential. The mayor’s vision of leading Lincoln toward a more successful, secure, and shared future drives her administration’s agenda. That agenda prioritizes public health and safety and maintaining the capital city’s low crime rate; enhancing traditional and tech infrastructure to support economic growth and community resilience; increasing access to high-quality, affordable housing; and building a vibrant quality of life for all Lincoln residents.

Mayor Gaylor Baird currently serves on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Advisory Board and as Chair of the USCM Mayors and Metro Universities Task Force. The mayor was selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to serve as Chair of the EPA’s Local Government Advisory Council. Locally, she serves on the Lincoln Community Foundation Board, the University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council, and the Board of Trustees for Mourning Hope.

Mayor Gaylor Baird attended Yale College where she earned her BA magna cum laude with Distinction in the History major. She holds an MSc in Comparative Social Research from the University of Oxford. She and her husband, Scott, have three children.

 Vision Statement

Leading Lincoln toward a more successful, secure, and shared future. 

Core Values


Our work proudly stands in the sunshine of public observation and accountability.

Loving Kindness

We serve with compassion toward ourselves and others, recognizing that we are interconnected.

Triathlete of the Mind - Vision, Data Analysis, Viability

We pursue excellence, leading with vision and developing evidence-based strategies.

Start the Conversation

We proactively communicate with others, especially when it is hard. We value diverse perspectives and seek to be inclusive.

Free the Fun

We bring enthusiasm and optimism to our work every day. Our workplace and community should involve plenty of joyful delight.

What's Next?

We celebrate progress, with an eye on the next opportunity. We appreciate the value of emergence.





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