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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.

Present Form of Government

The City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of an organization of approximately 12,000 and a budget of $1.4 billion.  City operations range from animal services to zoning to the electric and water utilities.  Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is also a part of City of Austin operations.

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.


Assistant to the City Manager

Jason Alexander - 512-974-2306

Executive Secretary/Meeting Scheduler/Calendar Scheduler

Rose Marie Martinez - 512-974-2428

City Manager Executive Coordinator

Valerie Harris - 512-974-3297

Special Projects

Kay Guedea - 512-974-9797 (Ms. Guedea works part-time.)  


Deputy City Manager

Elaine Hart


Assistant City Managers

Rey Arellano, Assistant City Manager


Rodney Gonzales, Assistant City Manager

Christopher J. Shorter, (Mr. Shorter will start on Feb. 4, 2019)


View all biographies for the assistant city managers.

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