Randy Criswell is a Texas native, born and raised in Dumas. Upon graduation from high school, he moved to Lubbock where he eventually graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Engineering Technology. His career has spanned a period of over 35 years, with most of that spent in the public sector. His service to the public has included a 23-year career with the City of Canyon (11 as City Manager) and 2 ½ years as City Manager of Mineral Wells. He now serves as City Manager of Wolfforth.
Mr. Criswell is a Certified Public Manager and is a member of the Texas City Management Association where he has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors, and as President of Region 1. He has also served as the TCMA representative to the TML Board and has held a position on the TMLIRP Board of Trustees since 2014.
He is married to the love of his life Janie, and together they have four grown children scattered from Texas to Washington state. He is a Harley Davidson enthusiast, enjoys golf, the sun, travel and spending as much time as he can with Janie.
“Serving on the TMLIRP Board of Trustees is an honor and a privilege, and the work of the Pool is something I take great pride in. Texas is a unique and special state, and the TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool is the standard by which all Pools are measured.”
Prior to Mayor Dennis’ election as the first African-American Mayor in Live Oak, she served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for several years and pursued two bids for a council seat. Ms. Dennis has served as Mayor for the City of Live Oak since 2010 and was re-elected as Mayor during the 2018 General Election. As Mayor, Mary desires to bring the city closer together across varied backgrounds and dedicates much of her time to participating in activities throughout the City and the Region. Mary believes government is about serving people by making City government more efficient and accessible.
Mary’s civic activities include serving on the Board of Directors for the Live Oak Economic Development Corporation, active participation in the Northeast Partnership, Honorary Commander Randolph Air Force Base, Randolph Metro Chamber, Bowden Charter of Business/Professional Women, National Council of Negro Women - Ruth Jones McClendon Chapter, Commissioner on the Mayor’s Commission for the Status of Women and San Antonio Commission on Literacy, City Public Service Citizen Advisory Committee (CPS), San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS) Citizen Advisory Committee, Chairwoman of the Bexar County Suburban Cities Committee, alternate member for Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Treasurer of the Greater Bexar County Council of Cities, TML Board of Directors of the Finance Nominating Committee, Executive Board Director for the Texas Association of Black City Council Members (TABCCM), past Vice President of the Northeast Partnership, member of the Judson ISD Bond Committee, Chair of the Judson ISD Facilities Committee, member of the San Antonio International Council of Visitors and E-Rotary Club, Committee member of the National League of Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Committee member of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool and 2016/2017 President for the Texas Municipal League (TML). Mayor Dennis is looking forward to continuing to serve TML, all Regions and Live Oak community.
Mary is a Sam Houston High School graduate, attended Our Lady of the Lake University, and is a licensed mortician for Lewis Funeral Home. She has one daughter, Christina Bright, and three grandchildren: Cierra, Chase, and Christine. Mary epitomizes the power of persistence as well as the incomparable power of an abiding faith in God.
Noel Bernal began his service as City Manager for the City of Brownsville in December 2018. Brownsville is the 16th largest city in Texas and largest in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas with an estimated population of 185,000. He reports to the Mayor and City Commission and provides leadership and management to over 1,400 employees, $158 million operating budget, and 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program of over $85 million, including an International Bridge, Brownsville-Metro transit system, and Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport.
Noel has served communities in South, Central, and North Texas throughout his 10-year professional career in public service in an executive leadership capacity, including as City Administrator of La Villa, Falfurrias serving as the first City Administrator, Assistant City Manager for Taylor, a growing suburb in the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area, and Deputy City Manager for Coppell in the Dallas Fort-Worth metropolitan area.
Noel earned an undergraduate degree and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas Pan American. He is a Credentialed Manager through the International City/County Management Association, a Certified Public Manager through the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University and graduate of the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. His professional involvement includes being a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Texas City Management Association (TCMA). He is currently Chair of the Allies Across Texas Task Force.
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.
Jeffrey Snyder is the City Manager of Plainview, Texas. In July 2018, the Board of Trustees appointed Mr. Snyder to serve as the Trustee of Place 3. He is an active member of the Texas City Management and International City Management Association (ICMA), serving as the President of the Panhandle City Management Association and is a credentialed manager through ICMA.
Austin Bleess is proud to be the City Manager of Jersey Village. He was appointed as City Manager in March 2017. In his role he oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the City, provides leadership and management to the approximately 150 employees, and administers a total operating budget of approximately $23 million.
Before coming to Jersey Village, Mr. Bleess served four and a half years as City Manager in Caribou, Maine and nearly three years as City Administrator in Winnebago, MN. He brings proven abilities in comprehensive planning, budgeting, personnel management, project management, economic development, and grant writing.
Mr. Bleess holds a Masters of Public Administration Degree from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a Credentialed Manager through the International City Management Association (ICMA) since January 2017. He is certified as a Business Retention and Expansion Coordinator by Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI).
Mr. Bleess is an active member of ICMA and the Texas City Manager Association. He is currently Chair of the City Managers of Tomorrow Committee. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks and the Rotary Club of Caribou. He and his family are active in their local church and several other community groups.
Bert Lumbreras retired on January 31, 2022, as the City Manager for the City of San Marcos, Texas. He has 40 years of experience as a City Manager or an Assistant City Manager. Bert began his career as City Manager in the City of Dilley. Following this, he was City Manager of Floresville, Alamo, and Uvalde, Texas. In 1997, Bert went on to become an Assistant City Manager in Waco, where he served for almost 10 years. In August 2006, he became an Assistant City Manager for the City of Austin and began his position as City Manager of San Marcos in August 2017.
Bert has been very active within various professional organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool and is active in the International City/County Management Association, where he served as the ICMA Mountain Plains Vice President and the Texas City Management Association, where he served on the Board of Directors from 2010-2014 and was President 2012-2013. Bert has also participated on numerous ICMA and TCMA committees throughout his career in city government. He is a member of the Local Government Hispanic Network, Texas Municipal League and numerous community and civic organizations.
Bert received a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a concentration in public administration, and a minor in geography and urban planning from Southwest Texas State University.
Bert is married to his wife almost 39 years, Elvia, a former Elementary teacher and lifelong educator. They have three children and four grandchildren.
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.
Harlan Jefferson has over 30 years of experience in municipal government. He began his employment as the Town Manager for the Town of Prosper in January 2013, and previously served 15 years in Flower Mound as Town Manager, Deputy Town Manager/Chief Financial Oﬃcer, and Director of Finance. Prior to his service in Flower Mound, Harlan was Director of Fiscal Operations in the City of Denton where he also held the positions of Treasurer, Director of Treasury Operations, and Risk Manager. He served as Assistant to the City Manager in Jackson, Michigan, brieﬂy interrupting his service in Denton.
Opal Mauldin-Jones is the first African American woman to be appointed to the role of City Manager for the City of Lancaster, Texas. As the only female ever named City Manager in the City of Lancaster, she is currently the longest-serving City Manager since the establishment of the Council/Manager form of government. Opal has been serving the residents of Lancaster in various roles since 2003. Prior to being named City Manager, she served the City of Lancaster as Community Relations Coordinator, Assistant to the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and Interim City Manager.
Opal is a lifelong learner, continuously committing herself to the advancement of education not only for the profession but for her community. Opal is an ICMA Credentialed Manager, a graduate of the Texas Certified Public Manager Program, and a 2014 graduate of Leadership North Texas. She has completed numerous certification and training programs including, in March 2021, becoming a certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer, and Speaker. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Theology towards a Ph.D. in Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Opal currently serves on the TCMA Board of Directors as Director-at-Large and as Vice President-Elect, ICMA RC (becoming MissionSquare Retirement) Board of Directors, Best Southwest Partnership Board of Directors, and the North Texas Commission Board of Directors. Opal has received various awards and recognition throughout her career. In 2020, Opal was the only American to receive the Woman of Influence in Local Government award through the Municipal World magazine; a distinguished honor that recognizes the top influential women in local government. Opal is also an active member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
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.
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.
Mr. Harris is the City Administrator for the City of Balcones Heights (Region 7) since 2014. Mr. Harris began his local government career in 1996 at Bexar County and has served 18 years in leadership of the cities of Hill Country Village (City Administrator), Schertz (Assistant City Manager), and Alamo Heights (Interim Director). He serves as Immediate Past President and on the Board of the Texas City Management Association, Secretary of TML Region 7, and President of Alamo Heights Rotary Club. Mr. Harris received his BA in American Studies from Whitworth University and a MS in Urban Administration from Trinity University. He is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and a member of TCMA and ICMA.
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.
Councilmember Allison Heyward has served on City Council since 2018. She and her family have lived in Schertz since 2011.
Heyward earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Texas Southern University in 1990. Following college graduation, Allison worked as a substitute teacher in Houston ISD before joining the Contract Department of Phillips 66 Petroleum in Houston. After the birth of her children, her primary focus was on raising them and being available during her husband Ferrando's many deployments. Allison was a leader in both the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, in which her kids were actively involved. She also served as the Cub Scout Pack Committee Chair and received Cubscouter of the Year in 2005. She was the team mom for all the sports organizations her children were involved with, and she was also the Navy VAW 112 Spouse's Association Vice President.
Following the family's return from overseas, she served as the Logistics and Purchasing Coordinator for Bison Signs from 2008-2016, and from 2016-2018 she worked as a substitute teacher in Marion ISD before feeling the desire to serve on Schertz City Council. She is a 2020 graduate of the Chamber Leadership Core Program. She is a Certified Municipal Officer (CMO) as well as a member of the TMRS Advisory Board on Benefit Design.
Allison was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and spent weekends on the family farm in Raywood, Texas. After her husband retired from the US Navy, Allison decided the blend of city life and a small-town friendly atmosphere made Schertz the ideal place for the family to settle. Allison and her husband of 29 years are the proud parents of two children, Arianna, Jonathan, and son-in-law Tyler. She enjoys crafting, gardening, woodworking, and reading as well as spending time with her family.
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. Mr. Thompson 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. Mr. Thompson 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, Mr. Thompson 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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