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About the Office of the City Manager

The mission of the City's Manager's Office is for Austin to be the best-managed city in the country.

In 1924, Austin adopted the Council-Manager form of government through a Charter amendment vote. The City Manager reports to the Council which sets policy for the City Manager to carry out.

The City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of an organization of approximately 12,000 employees and a budget of $4.1 billion. City operations range from animal services to zoning to the electric and water utilities. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is also a part of the City’s operations.

Deputy & Assistant City Managers

Elaine Hart, Deputy City Manager

Strategic Outcome:Government that Works for All

  •     Management Services
  •     Financial Services
  •     Human Resources
  •     Communications and Technology Management
  •     Communications and Public Information
  •     Building Services


Rey Arellano, Assistant City Manager

Strategic Outcome:Public Safety

  •     Austin Code Department
  •     Downtown Austin Community Court
  •     Emergency Medical Services
  •     Fire Department
  •     Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  •     Office of the Medical Director
  •     Police Department


Rodney Gonzales, Assistant City Manager

Strategic Outcome:Economic Opportunity & Affordability

  • Economic Development
  • Development Services
  • Planning and Zoning
  • Neighborhood Housing & Community Development
  • Small & Minority BusinessResources
  • Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs
  • Real Estate Services
  • Austin Convention Center


Christopher J. Shorter, Assistant City Manager

Strategic Outcome: Health & Environment; Culture & Lifelong Learning

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Austin Public Health
  • Austin Resource and Recovery
  • Animal Services
  • Austin Public Library


Jim Smith, Interim Assistant City Manager

Strategic Outcome: Mobility

  • Public Works
  • Austin Transportation
  • Aviation
  • Fleet

View biographies for the deputy and assistant city managers.


Assistant to the City Manager
Jason Alexander - 512-974-2306

Executive Secretary and Scheduler
Rose Marie Martinez - 512-974-2428

Executive Project Staff
Valerie Harris - 512-974-3297
Kay Guedea - 512-974-9797 (Ms. Guedea works part-time.)




Contact Info

Phone: 512-974-2200

Fax: 512-974-2833

Physical Address:

301 W. 2nd, 3rd Floor
Austin, TX 78701

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Mailing Address:

P. O. Box 1088
Austin, TX 78767

Key Contact : City Manager Spencer Cronk