City Management

                John A. Whitson
                  City Manager
Program Description
To assure to the citizens of Texarkana the maximum level of service within available resources for their, health, safety, and comfort.

Program Focus
The office of the City Manager assists the citizens of Texarkana through the elected Mayor and City Council in determining the desired level of municipal service in the community and to provide that service in the most efficient and economical manner in keeping with the ideals of democracy. The City Manager represents the city government in relations with other governmental units. This is accomplished through participation in meetings and conferences with representatives of other governmental units and as a participating member of area and statewide organizations and committees.

The City Manager's Office maintains ongoing communications with elected officials at the state and federal levels. This office leads and participates in the gathering and refining of information dealing with local government activities, constantly seeking better and more efficient ways to accomplish the local government function.

You can reach the City Manager at (903) 798-3930 or at
Assistant City Manager

The Assistant City Manager is responsible for general support to the City Manager and works on special projects as assigned. Building and Code Enforcement as well as municipal court employees are under the supervision of the Assistant City Manager.

This office also provides support in assisting all code changes in all areas of the city except for the Police and Fire Departments and receives direct input concerning code changes. The Assistant City Manager also coordinates all new building construction within the city.

The Assistant City Manager will serve as the Acting City Manager whenever the City Manager is away from the city for extended periods.

Shirley Jaster, Assistant City Manager, can be reached at (903) 798-3949 or at
City Secretary
The City Secretary's Office is responsible for all administrative support to the City Manager, Assistant City Manager and serves as primary contact and support to the City Council. The City Secretary's Office is responsible for Council Meetings and Agendas, Elections, Vital Records Office, Records Management and Front Desk Reception.

This office also prepares mayoral proclamations and certificates of recognition, oversees Public Information requests, preserves historical documents, verifies compliance and issues permits regarding Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission applications, oversees the issuance of special event/public amusement permits, coin-operated machine permits, itinerant vendor permits, garage/estate sale permits, the codification of ordinances with Municipal Code Corporation and other various duties.

Jennifer Evans, City Secretary, can be reached at (903) 798-3930 or at
Public Information Officer

The Public Information Officer for the City of Texarkana, Texas acts as the spokesperson for the city, liaison for the media, and disseminates pertinent information to the general public. This office is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating marketing and public relations programs within various departments and for the City in general. The Public Information Officer, will represent the City in the community and at professional meetings as required. This office will respond to media on crises requiring a public information statement, and will manage press conferences as required. 

Lisa Thompson, Public Information Officer, can be reached at (903) 798-1743 or at

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