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 john.whitson@txkusa.org
  

Deputy City Managers



There are two Deputy City Managers who are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city.

Kyle Dooley, Deputy City Manager, coordinates all daily operations within the city and is responsible for all Public Works and Parks and Wellness employees as well as overseeing the Police and Fire Departments. Mr. Dooley can be reached at (903) 798-3943 or kdooley@txkusa.org.

Shirley Jaster, Deputy City Manager, coordinates all development within the city and is responsible for community development and zoning, building and code inspectors, as well as overseeing municipal court employees. Ms. Jaster can be reached at (903) 798-3949 or Jaster@txkusa.org.

The Deputy City Managers may act on behalf of the City Manager when he is away from the office or otherwise not immediately available.

City Secretary
The City Secretary's Office is responsible for all administrative support to the City Manager, Deputy City Managers 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 Statistics Office, Records Management and Front Desk Reception.

This office also prepares mayoral proclamations and certificates of recognition, oversees Public Records 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, the codification of ordinances with Municipal Code Corporation, maintains boards and commissions information, periodic review of city charter, website updates, and other various duties.

Jennifer Evans, City Secretary, can be reached at (903) 798-3930 or at j.evans@txkusa.org

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 lisa.thompson@txkusa.org

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