Meet Your Colleagues

The TCMA Management Messenger introduces Todd Darden to his position as city manager of the City of Big Spring. Todd’s appointment began in June of 2013. Prior to his appointment he held the position of interim city manager, assistant city manager and public works director. He has served the City of
Big Spring for 26 years.

Todd is a graduate of the Certified Public Managers (CPM) program. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Lubbock Christian University and an associate’s degree from Howard College.

Todd and his wife, Teresa, have been married 8 years and have three children and four grandchildren. His hobbies include spending time with family, golf, handy work and hunting.


The TCMA Management Messenger introduces Joseph Pace to his position as city manager of the City of Lorena. Joseph’s appointment began on December 3, 2015. Prior to his appointment, Joseph served three years in the United States Army Infantry, and he spent almost eight years with the City of Copperas Cove, where he served as the municipal court administrator, junior city planner, and ultimately as the director of parks and recreation. Joseph served four years on the Copperas Cove executive staff and almost five years as the tourism chairman on the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also served as the city liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Youth Advisory Council, Cemetery Advisory Board, and various city employee committees. He has completed FEMA training (NIMS): 100, 200, 250, 300, 400, 634, 700, 702.a, and 800.

Joseph earned both a bachelor degree in political science in 1997 and a master of public administration (MPA) in 2004 from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

Joseph and his wife Lori have been married eight years. Lori is a registered nurse and is scheduled to receive a bachelor degree in nursing from Texas A&M-Central Texas in 2016.