Gretchen DiFante, City Manager

Gretchen was named Pelham's first City Manager in August 2017.

Personal Profile

  • Gretchen DiFante 
  • Phone: 205-620-6520
  • Married with five children
  • Native Alabamian ~ City resident since 2017 

Gretchen's Story

After 27 years in New York state, Gretchen DiFante returned to her home state of Alabama in August 2017 to become Pelham’s first professional city manager and the state’s only female city manager.  


Responsibilities of the City Manager

In her role, Gretchen serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City and is responsible for the overall operations and supervision of government functions of the City. She also serves as the chief advisor to the Mayor and City Council.


Gretchen has held senior executive roles in private, non-profit and local government organizations. Those roles include the director of customer service for the $3 billion frozen food manufacturer, Rich Products in Buffalo, NY; executive vice president for P. W. Minor and Son Shoes in Batavia, NY, and Executive Director of Agape Counseling in Rochester, NY.

In 2010, Gretchen was hired as a consultant to the City of Batavia, New York to help create the municipality’s first data-driven strategic plan which in 2014 received ICMA’s Strategic Leadership and Governance Program Excellence Award for its significant effect on the city’s culture and strategic direction. Gretchen was chosen as Batavia’s Assistant City Manager/Director of Administrative Services in 2014. In this role, she managed the city’s FEMA Community Rating System program which was awarded the highest rating in the state of New York and Gretchen was recognized with an appointment to the New York State Stormwater and Floodplain Manager’s Association Board of Directors.

She is a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserves with assignments in public affairs at Maxwell AFB and Niagara Falls Air Station. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Auburn University at Montgomery and her Master of Science in Management from Keuka College, NY. Gretchen and her husband, David, have been married for 26 years and have five children.

Looking Forward

With her strong background in strategic planning and customer service, Gretchen looks forward to leading Pelham through both a strategic and comprehensive planning process. “Pelham is a great place to live, and our growth is exciting. We need to take a step back and decide who we want to be to whom, create a vision for the city and set priorities based on that vision. I look forward to working with the citizens, business owners, visitors, elected officials and staff members to set the vision and help it become a reality.”