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
Fisher has been the City's chief executive officer in five Texas cities beginning in 1995 as city administrator in Castroville west of San Antonio. His most recent assignment was as city manager of Forney, a city of similar size to Brenham. Fisher also served as City Manager of Muleshoe in west Texas in the late 1990s following his time in Castroville.
Fisher was the City Administrator of the Austin suburb of Bee Cave for 10 years from 1998 to 2008. He was directly involved in negotiations to bring the Hill Country Galleria to Bee Cave. Later, he served as City Manager of the Dallas metroplex City of Murphy near Plano for eight years beginning in 2008.
Fisher began his municipal career in 1989 after graduating from West Texas A&M University in Canyon in 1988 with a B.B.A. in Management. Fisher's initial city position following college was serving as the Parks and Recreation Director for the west Texas town of Tulia. He then moved to the City of Port Aransas to serve two years as Assistant City Manager in 1992.
Fisher is an active member of the International City Management Association (ICMA) and the Texas City Management Association (TCMA). Fisher chaired the TCMA statewide Ethics Committee from 2005 to 2008. He has served on the TCMA Board of Directors and has been regional president of two different TCMA regions. Fisher was the 2004 recipient of the Texas City Management Association "Administrator of the Year" award.
In addition to his undergraduate work, Fisher obtained a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2010. Fisher has served on the University of Texas at Dallas Masters of Public Administration (MPA) Advisory Committee. He is a past director of the Murphy Chamber of Commerce. He has also been involved in the Boy Scouts of America including being an Eagle Scout Advisor.