City Government



A full official history of the city council’s agendas can be found at:

Council Districts

The city is broken up into eight different districts. A councilman is elected from each district by the voters of that district. The Mayor is elected by all voters within the city. City Council District Map
Mayor: Scott LeMay
Council 1: Ricky McNeal
Council 2: Deborah Morris – Deputy Mayor Pro Tem
Council 3: Jerry Nickerson – Mayor Pro Tem
Council 4: BJ Williams
Council 5: Rich Aubin
Council 6: Robert Vera
Council 7: Dylan Hedrick
Council 8: Robert John Smith

City Manager
Garland has a Council-Manager form of Government. The City Council appoints a City Manager to act as the CEO of the city. The Council creates legislation and sets policy, which the Manager executes. The Manager is responsible for all city employees, providing budget recommendations to the council, and keeping the council informed of the state of the city. Our current city manager is Bryan Bradford.

Boards and Commissions

My appointees for the 2019-2021 term are:
Board of Adjustment – John McDonald (Returning)
Building and Fire – Jim Hope (New)
CENAC – Robert Kaaa (New)
Community Multicultural – Vonda Tyson (New)
Cultural Arts – Lupita Torres (New)
Property Standards – Dale Long (New)
Library – Trellas Gotcher (Returning)
Parks – Kenia Hudson-Ott (Returning)
Planning – Christopher Ott (Returning)
Senior Citizens –
TIF – Downtown – Joseph Schroeder (Returning)
TIF – IH30 / South – Rex Kyle (Holdover)
TIF – Shiloh / Walnut – Tony Torres (Returning)

Citizens of Garland may be appointed to various Boards and Commissions by the city council and the mayor. These commissions are used to research issues in specific departments and forward their recommendations to the City Council. Members are typically appointed to 2 year terms. Applications are available Here

Budgeting (Smart Spending)

The city has two budgets- the first is the Operating Budget. The operating budget covers the amount spent each year on staff, services and ongoing maintenance. It is often abbreviated as “O&M” or “Operations and Maintenance”. The second budget is the CIP, or Capital Improvement Program. This budget would cover items like large equipment such as fire trucks, large projects like street replacement, and buildings like libraries or fire stations.