It is an honor to serve as president of the Texas City Management Association (TCMA). Currently, I am in my 25th year as a city manager and member of TCMA. My first experience with municipal government was serving as an intern with the City of Baytown Parks Department. My career began with the City of Morton as a service man in the public works department. An eventual promotion to superintendent of community services paved the way for my first city management position. After serving seven years with the City of Morton, I was offered the city administrator position in the City of Sundown where I remained for nine years.  Presently, I am serving in my 14th year as the city manager of the City of Navasota.

TCMA is defined as an organization of local government professionals dedicated to promoting the highest standards of governance, service, leadership, ethics, and education while embracing individual and regional diversity for the benefit of our membership and the cities of Texas. My initiative for the coming year is “leading with integrity while mentoring future leaders for Texas cities.” Mentoring is paramount in TCMA.  All city managers have mentors throughout their lives who make an impact on their career.  As members, we should strive to develop new talent and promote our profession.

As city managers, assistant city managers, and future city managers, we are looked upon to lead our cities through good times and difficult times. We are committed to serving the city councils and citizens of our cities, and it is imperative we do so with integrity and keep the best interest of all citizens in mind while making decisions.  I am committed to doing the same for the membership of TCMA.

Brad Stafford
President, TCMA
City Manager, City of Navasota