The City of Brenham is a home-rule city governed by the City's Charter. The charter provides for a city Council-City Manager form of government.
The City Manager is responsible to the Council for supervising the day-to-day operations of all city departments. In addition to supervising department heads, the City Manager is responsible for the annual budget, researching and making recommendations to Council, meeting with citizens to understand their needs, and providing executive leadership.
City Manager - James Fisher
James Fisher is serving as Brenham’s City Manager. He began serving in this position in January 2018 bringing with him 30 years of municipal leadership serving the cities of Tulia, Port Aransas, Castroville, Muleshoe, Bee Cave, Murphy, and Forney. James graduated from West Texas A&M University in Canyon in 1988 with a B.B.A. in Management and obtained a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2010. James is a graduate of the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University as a Certified Public Manager, the ICMA Senior Executive Institute at the Weldon Cooper Center of Public Service at the University of Virginia, ICMA Gettysburg Leadership Institute and the Leadership North Texas Class 4 presented by the North Texas Commission. James is an active member of the International City Management Association (ICMA), currently serving on the Advisory Board for Graduate Education, and the Texas City Management Association (TCMA), currently serving as the Region 7 Board Director, Public Policy Task Force and has served on various other TCMA Committees. James was also the 2004 recipient of the Texas City Management Association "Administrator of the Year" award. James is currently on the Texas Public Power Association Board of Directors, with service beginning in 2020 and continuing through 2023. Also, James serves on the NAASPA Site Visit Accreditation Team for graduate public administration programs. James has also served the Boy Scouts of America Circle 10 Council as a Troop Committee Chairman, Merit Badge Counselor, Assistant Scout Master for High Adventure Treks and National Jamboree, and as an Eagle Scout Advisor.
James is a proven team-building leader with a servant leadership style that empowers team members to exceed the expectations of the community and of themselves. James has built a reputation of collaboration among community leaders, strategic planning and the ability to make the hard decisions that will help move the organization forward. James believes that public service is a privilege and that the trust given should never be taken for granted. “The Man in the Arena” by President Theodore Roosevelt is one of James’ favorite leadership principles, along with the ICMA/TCMA Code of Ethics and the strong Christian values given to him by his mom, family, and friends.
In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his wife of 29 years, Christi Beth, discovering Texas; visiting his daughter, Audrey (a proud Auburn University graduate), and her husband in Dallas; and traveling the country to see his son Daniel who is serving our country as a US Marine (also a very proud Eagle Scout). James can also be found serving his church and community, supporting and watching the Boston Red Sox, or just relaxing out by the water.