2019 Presentation of Awards

Clarence E. Ridley Scholarship









Christopher Byrd and Sylvia Ordeman, University of North Texas

Barney L. Knight Certified Public Manager Scholars









Leslie Black, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Sunnyvale
Ellie Monteaux, City Secretary and Assistant City Manager, City of Livingston

Mentoring Award in Memory of Gary Gwyn

The Mentoring Award in Memory of Gary Gwyn recognizes a city management professional who has made significant contributions in the development of new talent and who has designed and implemented outstanding career development programs for local government employees.

The Management Messenger recognizes the 2019 Mentoring Award recipient Rick Hanna, city manager of the City of Abilene. In a collaborative nomination from municipal professionals around the state, Robert is commended as a humble and approachable manager who generously offers guidance to new and aspiring local government professionals.  Mentees call him a good listener with an ability to make them feel valued. Each remarked on the impact he had early in their respective careers, believing that Robert’s mentorship contributed greatly to their individual successes. They credit Robert with encouraging them to grow in the profession and for helping them through challenging career decisions.  He is also admired for instilling in others the core values of service, teamwork, accountability, commitment, and integrity.  One contributor said Robert empowers individuals and encourages them to care about being public servants of the highest order.

Administrator of the Year Award

The Administrator of the Year Award recognizes the city management professional who has made significant contributions to the field of local government management in the past 18 months.

The Management Messenger recognizes Mindi Snyder at the 2019 recipient of the Administrator of the Year.

Mindi is a 20-year city management veteran whose professional accomplishments include the largest public-private partnership economic development project in El Campo’s history. However, her contributions outside of her direct responsibilities as city manager also receive accolades.

When the El Campo City Council encouraged a local 7th grader to fundraise for an unbudgeted skate park he requested, Mindi helped champion the cause.  She supported his efforts by writing grant applications, serving on a 501(c)(3) board created for the purpose, and developing innovative ways to see the student’s dream to fruition. After successfully raising $60,000, the skate park opened on November 16, 2018.  This public-private partnership of a different kind leveraged limited resources while teaching young people invaluable lessons about local government.

Mindi’s philosophy is to develop and advocate for staff and strive for equity when hiring key leadership positions.

Mindi has served as the first president of the Gulf Coast Women Leading Government Chapter. In all her endeavors, she leads with a servant’s heart and the best interests of the community in mind.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This year there are two well deserving recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award recognizes the city management professional who has made significant contributions to the field of local government management for more than 20 years.

The Management Messenger recognizes David Landis as a 2019 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

David served as the TCMA president in 2011. He began his career in the City of Perryton in 1983 as a city engineer.  Three years later he was appointed city manager – a position he has held ever since.

During his career, David has distinguished himself on numerous boards and committees. He contributes his unique skills as an engineer and chief executive by serving on the Panhandle Water Planning Group, Alliance of Xcel Municipalities, and ATMOS Texas Municipalities.  David is also serves as vice chair of the TMRS Board of Trustees.

Fellow managers describe David as a selfless mentor to a generation of local government professionals. Time after time, David’s colleagues remark on the qualities that have garnered their respect: authenticity, humility, wisdom, humor, and kindness. His legacy is that of ethical leadership to his community, the Panhandle, and the State of Texas.

The Management Messenger recognizes Sheryl Sculley as a 2019 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sheryl has more than 30 years of executive management experience. She served 14 years as city manager of the City San Antonio, one of the largest cities in the nation with a council-manager form of government.  Her tenure was marked by $2 billion in infrastructure improvements, increased financial reserves, and an improved bond rating.  She built a strong executive team, with a focus on customer service and professionalism. Sheryl also garnered a reputation as a leader who supported underrepresented populations and cultivated women’s networks.  Sheryl continues to develop and mentor the next generation of public service professionals as an adjunct professor and public administration fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

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