The Tomball City Council unanimously agreed to approve a 2-year contract extension for city manager George Shackelford, during their recent session Oct. 7.
"The council all agreed that he has done a really good job and they voted to unanimously extend his contract," said Tomball Mayor Gretchen Fagan.
"George has done a very good job of running the city, working with the residents and business owners and developers that want to build in the city," said Tomball councilman Mark Stoll.
Stoll added that Shackelford has brought a service oriented mindset to the city and has worked to improve every aspect of city business.
"George is continuously working to improve how the city operates and trying to instill the mindset throughout the city that the residents and business owners are our customers," he said. "We work for them and everyone, council included, needs to remember this. George is constantly looking for ways to improve our operations and how we can become better."
Fagan said that Shackelford has brought a sense of stability to the day-to-day operations of the city.
"All the years of city management experience he has have been a huge plus to Tomball," she said. "He brings a calm to everyone because he has seen most everything at least once in his career. He relates to people well."
Shackelford, who was hired three years ago, said he is honored and humbled by the council's decision to extend his contract.
"I appreciate the council and the confidence they have expressed in me," he said. "I have a great team of department heads behind me though, some of the best I have ever worked with in my 30 years."
Shackelford said he is proud of the openness the city has with the public and cites the open check register on the city's website as an example. He is also proud of the management of growth the staff is providing.
"We have a good handle on our budget, our capital improvement projects and how we are making progress in the management of development," he said.