By Elsa Maxey
With the development of the city’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year behind him, Frank Simpson, who has served as Missouri City’s city manager for seven and a half years, is making plans to move to College Station. That’s where he has accepted the assistant city manager’s position. His resignation was announced last week.
Simpson’s new duties in College Station will start on July 5. The city manager there is David Neeley, who formerly served as city manager in Sugar Land from 1987 to 2001, and is noted for numerous distinguished recognitions presented to the city, including a 1995 Texas Business – One of the Best Run Cities in the State.
Neeley was named interim city manager in College Station in January and promoted to the city manager’s position the following month, leaving the assistant city manager position he vacated open since then. It is the one that Simpson will assume.
Simpson, who was hired by Missouri City in 2004, came from Webster, where he served as city manager for about three years. College Station is where he began his 25-year municipal government career, “and my wife and I have family and many friends in that area,” Simpson said in a media statement. “While it had not been my intention to leave Missouri City any time soon, and I had not been looking for a position, many people know that it has long been my objective to end up working and eventually retiring in College Station,” he said.
Simpson leaves behind many developmental benchmarks to his credit, including those in Lakeview Business Park and the improvement of a citywide infrastructure. His stint with “the show me city” will end on June 30.
City Council plans to appoint an interim City Manager soon and will announce a candidate search to hire a city manager. College Station announced that its recruitment process associated with Simpson’s selection was conducted entirely by city staff and did not involve an outside search firm, which meant a savings to the city.