By Elsa Maxey
This Monday at the end of its city council meeting, Missouri City announced the selection of Edward A. Broussard as the new city manager. “We are very pleased to announce that we have entered into a contract with a new city manager,” said Mayor Allen Owen. He also told the “Star” that Broussard will officially take office beginning Jan. 1, 2012.
Broussard has been serving as city manager of Hutto since 2005, and before that as city manager of Navasota. He holds a masters degree in public administration from Texas Tech University and has an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M. Broussard’s municipal experience also extends back to previous service as an assistant city manager for Woodway, Texas, and he also served as an assistant to the city manager in College Station before working in various capacities for the City of Lubbock.
During Broussard’s stint in Hutto as city manager, the city received the Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Award in 2007 and 2008, and the Governor’s Community Achievement Award for 2010. Broussard is married. He and his wife, Sammi, have three school aged children.
“We are looking forward to having Ed and his family re-locate here and be a part of our community,” said Mayor Owen.
Forty- nine candidates from throughout the U.S. applied for the city manager position. Broussard was selected from a short list of four that were interviewed. Previously a consultant with Missouri City, Alan Mueller phased into the day-to-day city operations and has been serving as interim city manager for about four months after Frank Simpson’s departure.
Simpson was Missouri City’s city manager for seven and a half years before he resigned to accept an assistant city manager’s position in College Station joining Missouri City’s former city attorney Mary Ann Powell, now an assistant city attorney in College Station, and College Station’s city manager David Neeley, who was Sugar Land’s City Manager for 15 years.