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SUGAR LAND (Covering Fort Bend News) - Sugar Land City Council has hired Ralph Andersen & Associates to conduct a national search for Sugar Land’s next city manager.

Allen Bogard plans to retire on Jan. 31, 2020.  He joined the city in January 1995 as a deputy city manager and was promoted to city manager in 2001 after Sugar Land’s first city manager, David Neeley, announced his resignation. During Bogard’s 40-year career in the public sector, he also served as city manager in the cities of Keller and Winnsboro, as well as executive leadership positions in the cities of Plano and Dallas.  

Ralph Andersen & Associates has provided executive search and consulting services to cities, counties, special districts, state agencies and other organizations since 1972.  The company was one of the first in the nation to work exclusively in the public sector and has become a leader in local government issues. 

“The City of Sugar Land is conducting a nationwide search for a well-qualified and experienced city manager to lead in a top-performing city characterized by stability, bold thinking, strategic planning and fiscal strength,” said Ralph Andersen & Associates in its announcement to prospective candidates.

Ideal candidates will be evaluated on their ability to ensure the continuation of what the city calls the “Sugar Land Way,” a mindset that has been around since the city’s founding. Priority components of the “Sugar Land Way” include:

  • ensuring Sugar Land remains safer than ever before by building upon years of investments in facilities and public safety innovations;
  • investing in aging infrastructure and facilities at the high level expected by Sugar Land residents;
  • retaining and challenging a champion workforce that consistently exceeds the high expectations of the Sugar Land community;
  • constantly improving the appearance of the community; and
  • building upon Sugar Land’s position as an economic powerhouse and financial leader (as well as a focus on strengthened resilience) that allows the city to improve its quality of life and minimize the residential tax burden.

The next city manager will be selected based on abilities to ensure the city is positioned to meet future challenges and opportunities.  Some of these include addressing the city’s ageing infrastructure, ensuring the high standards of the community continue to be met, responding to the changing nature of retail shopping habits, providing opportunities for the community to continue to invest in amenities they’ve identified as important, meeting the drainage needs of residents, ensuring Sugar Land remains safer than ever before and retaining and attracting Sugar Land’s champion workforce.

The Sugar Land City Charter identifies the city manager as the chief executive officer. The manager is hired to serve City Council and the community and provides the professional expertise necessary to administer local government projects and programs. The manager prepares a budget for City Council’s consideration; recruits, hires and supervises city staff; serves as City Council’s chief adviser; enforces laws and ordinances; manages day-to-day affairs; and implements policy decisions.

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