As the Allen city manager, Peter H. Vargas serves Allen as the chief administrative officer, overseeing the administrative functions of city government. He has over 40 years of municipal experience and has served in these positions: the Executive Director for the city of Dallas's Trinity River Corridor Project; the City Manager for Laredo; the Assistant City Manager of Englewood, Colorado; and the Assistant to the City Manager for Arvada, Colorado.
In 2010, Mr. Vargas was named the Public Administrator of the Year by the North Texas American Society for Public Administration. The society applauded Mr. Vargas for his outstanding commitment to ethical standards and his excellence in public service.
In 2015, Mr. Vargas received the TCMA Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes city management professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of local government management for more than 20 years.
At the October 2010 Board meeting, the Trustees appointed Mayor John W. (Buzz) Fullen from Henderson to the Board to fill Place 2. After serving four terms as Mayor, he was appointed to the Henderson Housing Authority. He is currently a Board member on the Northeast Texas Air Care Board, and previously represented Region 15 on the Texas Municipal League Board of Directors. Mr. Fullen is a retired businessman.
A previous Chairman of the Board, Robert T. Herrera is currently City Manager of the City of Cibolo. His career in public service spans over 30 years with several Texas cities including management positions with the cities of La Porte, San Marcos, Missouri City, and Woodway. Prior to coming to Cibolo, Mr. Herrera was the City Manager of Hondo from 2002 to 2012.
Among his many awards, he was honored by the U.S. Jaycees Program as an "Outstanding Young Man of America" and named P.B.X. "Boss of the Year." Mr. Herrera was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1993. Prior to assuming his post as Chairman, Mr. Herrera served as Vice-Chair from October, 2001 to October, 2002. Mr. Herrera currently serves as the Chairman of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool Finance Committee and is an active member of the Texas City Management Association.
Leo Montalvo has served on the Risk Pool Board of Trustees since January 1998. Prior to assuming his duties on the Board, he served as Chairman of the Board's Finance Committee. Mr. Montalvo, a McAllen attorney and civic leader, served on the McAllen City Commission for 14 years. He was elected in 1997 and served for eight years as Mayor of McAllen. Mr. Montalvo has previously served on the Hidalgo County Water Irrigation & Improvement District #3 Board and is a past Texas Municipal League Director.
Mary Gauer (Mayor of Harker Heights, January, 1998 to May, 2005) joined the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool in January, 1998. She served as President of the Board 2010 to 2012. After her first year as a Councilmember, in 1992, she was one of the first three elected officials to earn recognition in the Texas Municipal Leadership Institute (Texas Municipal LeagueI) and was recognized every year thereafter until 2005. She served as President Texas Municipal League Region 9, and as Chair or member of several Texas Municipal League Legislative Committees during her years as Council Member and Mayor. Mary was an active member of the Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners (AMCC), serving as President in 2002. She also chaired both her region's transportation planning organization and the Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG). Mary was appointed by the Governor to serve as a Member of the State Community Development Review Committee from 1996 until 2002.
Mary currently serves on the Board of Directors of Families In Crisis, Inc., a non-profit agency sheltering and aiding victims of sexual assault, family violence, and homelessness. Appointed as a Girl Scout Woman of Distinction in 1996, she currently serves on the selection committee, as the chair of the CTRW Scholarship Endowment Foundation, Inc., and as an elected Citizen Member of CTCOG.
Currently a member of the Odessa Housing Authority, Mayor Melton served four terms as Mayor of Odessa following three years as a single-district City Councilman. During his time in office, the City has experienced diversified economic development and an improved quality of life for Odessa. The Mayor is C. E. O. of a regional public accounting firm with offices in Southeast New Mexico and West Texas where he is responsible for all administrative and human resources areas of the firm. Prior to joining Johnson, Miller & Co., Mayor Melton was in the banking business for approximately 30 years.
Mayor Melton has been married to his wife, J'Nevelyn, for over 50 years, has two grown children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He is active in many civic organizations - including the United Way of Odessa, Odessa Chamber of Commerce and is a former Elder / Adult Teacher and he and his wife are currently members of First United Methodist Church. Mayor Melton was honored as Odessa's Outstanding Citizen in 1993 and has received numerous other awards for his leadership.
City Manager Andres Garza, Jr. began his career in public service in 1977 as an Administrative Assistant in Pearsall, Texas. In 1979, he was promoted to Assistant City Manager in charge of Finance. He began serving as Pearsall City Manager in 1980 and served until May 1994. He is currently serving as the City of Wharton City Manager and has done so since 1994.
He currently serves as a Board of Trustee on the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool. He served as a chairman of that board from 1994 to 1996. He also serves on the Texas Municipal League Small Cities Advisory Council. He received a BBA Degree from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) and is a member of the Texas City Manager Association and International City Manager Association. Andres and his wife Adeline Garza have two children, Andrew III and Adam. He enjoys almost all outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, camping and golf.
Carol Loughlin was appointed to the Board in January, 2017 after serving in executive roles with the Pool for over 30 years. Ms. Loughlin began her career at the Pool in 1986, serving as Deputy Director for over 20 years. She served in a variety of management positions including Director of Marketing and Technical Services and Director of Operations prior to assuming the position of Deputy Executive Director in 1992. She was the Pool's Executive Director from August 2012 through September 2016, prior to her retirement. Ms. Loughlin has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas and is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.
Randy Criswell grew up in Dumas, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology. His career began in Canyon, Texas, as a Project Manager for the Texas Highway Department (TxDOT today), overseeing highway and bridge construction projects for five years. He spent three years in the private engineering field, and then became the Public Works Director for the City of Canyon, a position he held for 10 years. His next position was Assistant City Manager, and then was appointed City Manager of Canyon in 2008.
He is a member of the Texas City Management Association, having served multiple terms on the Board. He has also served as President of TCMA Region 1, served on the TML Board of Directors as TCMA Representative, and currently serves as a member of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool Board of Directors. He is a Certified Public Manager and a member of the International City Management Association. He is active in the Canyon/Amarillo Community as a United Way volunteer, and serves on several other charitable and community-based committees. He has two grown children, Carli and Jacob. He is a dedicated Harley Davidson enthusiast, golfer, handgun collector/enthusiast, and loves being outside as much as possible.
Michael Talbot joined the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool Board of Trustees in 2014. Mr. Talbot is President of the Board of Directors of the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District. Formerly, he was the City Manager for the City of Bastrop.
Mr. Black has more than 25 years in public service. He has served his community as Mayor of Burleson, a member of the Burleson City Council and a member of the Burleson School Board. Mr. Black served as president of Texas Association of School Boards. Mr. Black has participated in many civic activities in Johnson, Tarrant, and Somervell counties.
Mr. Black was recognized in 1996 as 'Burleson Citizen of the Year'. He is interested in cooperative efforts at all government levels.
Mr. Black currently serves as chairman of Johnson County Central Appraisal District and as a board member of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool. Additionally, Mr. Black is also serving on the Impact Fee Committee for the City of Burleson and the Burleson City of Character Council. In the past, Mr. Black has served the Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority (MedStar), First Financial Bank Board, Victim Relief Ministries of Johnson and Somervell Counties, and the Chisholm Trail 100 Club Board.
First elected to the Board of Trustees in 1994, Pat Norriss currently serves on the Executive Board of the Nortex Regional Planning Commission. She is the former mayor of the City of Burkburnett, serving in that position for 16 years, after serving seven years as a Council Member. Ms. Norriss served four terms as a County Commissioner in Wichita County. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Sheppard Air Force Base and is also on the Wichita Wilbarger 911 Board. Ms. Norriss is a past president and director of Region 5 of the Texas Municipal League.
Rickey Childers retired after 35 years in local government service in 2012. Mr. Childers served as the City Manager of Lancaster for four years and Longview for seven years. Mr. Childers also served as Assistant City Manager in the cities of Abilene and Carrollton, and Deputy City Manager in Arlington.
Mr. Childers is an active member in both the International City/County Management Association and Texas City Management Association. He previously served as TCMA President in 2005 and as a Director at Large, and was a member of the Executive Board of the International City/County Management Association. Mr. Childers currently serves on the International City/County Management Retirement Corporation (ICMARC) Vantage Trust Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2004.
In October of 2010, Bennett Sandlin became Executive Director of the Texas Municipal League. Prior to that, he was the League's General Counsel. As the General Counsel, he helped Texas cities with economic development, budgeting, finance and tax issues, including the Municipal Hotel Occupancy Tax and the Economic Development Sales Tax. Mr. Sandlin authored the Revenue Manual for Texas Cities and was an instructor in public funds investment training. Mr. Sandlin is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and has previously worked at the Municipal Affairs Division of the Texas Attorney General's Office.
Mayor of Hurst
Henry Wilson was elected to the Hurst City Council in 1985, where he has served continuously until he was elected Mayor of Hurst in 2018. He was elected President of the Texas Municipal League in 2005, and later served on the National League of Cities Board of Directors. He chaired the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Transportation Committee from 1999 to 2000. Mr. Wilson worked for 44 years for Bell Helicopter, where he retired as the Chief of Airframe Structures. He is a native Texan, having grown up in Wharton, southwest of Houston. Mr. Wilson graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, and later received his Masters Degrees in Engineering and Business Management.
Michael Smith is currently the City Manager of Jacksboro, Texas. Mr. Smith joined the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool Board of Trustees as the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool Representative Ex-Officio in July of 2014.
Jeff Thompson was appointed as Executive Director of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool) effective in October, 2016 after serving as the Pool's Deputy Director since 2012. He also served as Assistant Director of Risk Management Services for the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC), Director of the National League of Cities Risk and Information Sharing Consortium (NLC-RISC) and as a Vice President of the National League of Cities Mutual Insurance Company. Jeff has a BS in Finance and Risk Management/Insurance from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, as well as a Masters Degree in Public Administration from USC. Jeff also served as an adjunct professor of insurance and risk management with the Moore School of Business at USC for seven years prior to coming to Texas, and is a frequent speaker on risk pooling and risk management for public entities. Currently, Jeff serves as the Chair of the Political Subdivision Workers' Compensation Alliance, and sits on the Board of the NLC Mutual Reinsurance Company.
See Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda and Minutes.
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