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Higgins' leadership helped Fort Worth grow

Posted Oct. 16, 2013

Today, City Manager Tom Higgins announced his retirement after 27 years with the city. We’re grateful to Mr. Higgins for his dedicated service to the citizens of Fort Worth. His accomplishments are many, but I’ll remember him for his efforts to help create thousands of new jobs through a comprehensive economic development strategy … his leadership through difficult labor negotiations and pension reform … and his determination to reform the city budget and set a course for putting an end to the perennial budget deficits. 

We’re pleased Mr. Higgins agreed to stay on until a proper replacement is found. We don’t have a timeline yet, other than to say we will take the time necessary to be sure we find the right person for the job. In the coming weeks, we will work to establish and initiate a thorough process for a national search.

This is a critical time for the City of Fort Worth, and our citizens can be sure that this City Council will do its due diligence to find the best replacement to fit the current needs of those who are fortunate enough to call Fort Worth home. With respect to what I’ll be looking for in a new City Manager, I’d like to see:

  • A proven leader and dynamic change agent with the ability to break down silos
  • An innovator, who is tech savvy with business eye for maximizing productivity and customer service
  • A manager who is able to be transformational while also taking care of the daily transactional tasks
  • Comfortable in balancing a tight budget with the great demand for essential city services

The challenges for Fort Worth’s next city manager will be great: Building a lean and responsive organization while meeting needs of our growing population...Keeping our eye on redeveloping our city’s urban core, while responsibly managing growth in outlying areas … mobility … water … and, we must continue our momentum to improve customer service, expand the use of digital technology and strengthen public engagement.

On behalf of the citizens of Fort Worth, I thank Mr. Higgins for his dedicated and loyal service to our great city. I wish him the very best — and lots of golf — in his retirement.

Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. A successful business owner and lifelong public servant, Price uses this forum to ensure transparency and inform residents of issues and programs that affect their daily lives.

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Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. Read the mayor's bio »

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