Advocacy Committee Current Meeting Minutes

TCMA Advocacy Committee
January 14, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Conference Call

Members of the task force present at the meeting included: Chair George Shackelford, TML Board Representative and City Manager, Tomball; Vice Chair Michael Ross, City Manager, West University Place; Theogene Melancon, City Administrator, Eldorado; Opal Mauldin-Robertson, City Manager, Lancaster; Jim Jeffers, City Manager, Nacogdoches; Clay Pearson, City Manager, Pearland; Brian LaBorde, Assistant City Manager, Buda; Scott Wayman, City Manager, Live Oak; Leo Olivares, City Manager, Weslaco; Sylvia Carrillo, City Manager, Aransas Pass; Randall Heye,

Economic Development Director, Sunnyvale; Jennifer May, Director of Public Affairs, Sugar Land; Dinorah Sanchez, Management Assistant II, Sugar Land; Paul Virgadamo, City Administrator, Conroe; John Whitson, City Manager, Texarkana

TML Staff: Bennett Sandlin, Rachael Pitts, and Kim Pendergraft

Committee Chair George Shackelford called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and thanked the committee members for participating.

The Committee discussed how TCMA can best encourage Texas cities to hire professional city managers.

  • TML will provide links on the TML website and Career Center to ICMA and TCMA resources for hiring a professional manager. A link will also be added to the TCMA website to the ICMA publication Recruitment Guidelines for Selecting a Local Government Administrator .
  • Kim will coordinate a meeting with representatives of Local, Texas and Life, Well Run to meet with the Advocacy Committee and how TCMA can best brand and promote the campaigns.

With everything accomplished on the agenda, the meeting was adjourned at 9:50 a.m.