SUGAR LAND (Covering Fort Bend News) – Sugar Land City Manager Allen Bogard has promoted Assistant City Secretary Thomas Harris III to the position of city secretary, effective June 5.
He replaces Glenda Gundermann, who retired on May 31 after 35 years as Sugar Land’s city secretary.
Harris was hired as the city’s assistant city secretary in May 2016. During that time, has been instrumental in innovations that made government more accessible to residents, including the development and implementation of an enterprise-wide agenda management system and technological advancements to the audio-visual and cable broadcast systems in the City Council Chamber and Cane Room. He also provided leadership for the implementation of improvements to the city’s fleet management and title recordation process.
His contributions played a part in the Center for Digital Government routinely naming Sugar Land among the nation’s top cities that successfully use technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement.
Prior to his employment with Sugar Land, Harris served as the city of Lubbock’s deputy city secretary from 2008 to 2016, the North and East Lubbock Community Development Corporation’s executive director from 2013 to 2014 and program manager from 2005-2008. During that time, he:
- implemented an agenda and electronic records management system,
developed an online permitting system;
- created legislation for vehicles-for-hire, valet services and game-room permitting;
developed and administered micro-enterprise loan funds and Community Development Block Grant home buyer assistance funds;
- provided financial literacy and homebuyer educational workshops as a former HUD-Certified housing counselor; and
- facilitated residential and commercial development in economically targeted areas and state-designated enterprise zones.
Harris has a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Texas A&M University. He has been certified as a Texas Registered Municipal Clerk since 2011 and is a member of the Texas Municipal Clerks Association, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, the Texas City Management Association and the Salt Grass Chapter Texas Municipal Clerks Association.
He previously chaired the Child Protective Services Disproportionality Advisory Committee in Lubbock and the Texas Disproportionality and Disparities Advisory Council.