City of Lufkin, P.O. Drawer 190
 Lufkin, Texas 75902
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Paul Parker
Keith Wright
Rodney Ivy
Gerald Williamson
Bruce Green
Ted Lovett
Kara Atwood
Steve Floyd
Belinda Southern
Chuck Walker
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 














PAUL L. PARKER
City Manager

(936) 633-0211

pparker@cityoflufkin.com

 

Paul L. Parker has been the City Manager of Lufkin, Texas since June 1, 2004. Mr. Parker came to Lufkin from Mount Pleasant, Texas where he served as City Manager for five years. Prior to his service at Mount Pleasant, Parker served for fifteen years as Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning for the City of Tyler, Texas. Before serving in Tyler, he was Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning for the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas for six years and had previously served as Assistant Executive Director, Planner-in-Charge for the Kiamichi Economic Development District of Oklahoma, a substate planning district. Mr. Parker is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
 

Currently an active member in the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Texas City Management Association (TCMA), Parker has previously served as TCMA President and Region 5 Board Director as well as a Texas Municipal League Board Representative.  He is a charter member of the American Planning Association and American Institute of Certified Planners. Parker is a past president of the East Texas City Management Association and currently serves on numerous committees within that association. During the recent TCMA Conference, Paul was awarded the TCMA Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of outstanding leadership in City government. Mr. Parker is very involved in the day-to-day activities of the City of Lufkin and under his leadership Lufkin continues its excellence in providing services to its citizens and maintaining its status as one of the best small cities in the United States.

 

Paul's daughter, Shannon Mattingly, serves as the Planning Director for the City of New Braunfels, Texas. Paul and Shannon were the first father and daughter to receive a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Texas A&M University.

 

 

 

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas City Management Association (TCMA)

 

Paul L. Parker has been the City Manager of Lufkin, Texas since June 1, 2004. Mr. Parker came to Lufkin from Mount Pleasant, Texas where he served as City Manager for five years. Prior to
his service at Mount Pleasant, Parker served for fifteen years as Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning for the City of Tyler, Texas. Before serving in Tyler, he was Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning for the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas for six years and had previously served as Assistant Executive Director, Planner-in-Charge for the Kiamichi Economic Development District of Oklahoma, a sub-state planning district. Mr. Parker is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

Mr. Parker is currently an active member in the International City/County Management
Association (ICMA) and the Texas City Management Association (TCMA). Parker has
previously served TCMA as active Board Member for eight years, including service as President
and Region 5 Board Director, as well as a Texas Municipal League Board Representative. He is
a charter member of the American Planning Association and American Institute of Certified
Planners. Parker is a past president of the East Texas City Management Association and
currently serves on numerous committees within that association. He is also an active member of
the Lufkin Rotary Club. He also serves on the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk
Pool Board. Mr. Parker is very involved in the day-to-day activities of the City of Lufkin and
under his leadership Lufkin continues its excellence in providing services to its citizens and
maintaining its status as one of the best small cities in the United States.

Paul L. Parker became the City Manager for the City of Lufkin in June 2004. Since that time, his
leadership has been the driving force behind the continued growth and enhanced quality of life in
the City of Lufkin. Beginning with the renovation of the existing City Hall and Police
Department in 2005, Mr. Parker has left his indelible mark on the City of Lufkin. In 2006, Mr.
Parker, along with his Staff, created and funded the City’s Vehicle Amortization Fund &
Schedule, which has ensured that funding will always be readily available when equipment and
vehicles are needed, without burdening the annual budget. This program has saved the City
countless dollars and ensured that equipment and vehicles are purchased only when necessary.

In recent years, while most cities were cutting budgets, staff and increasing tax rates, the City of
Lufkin has been able to lower the tax rate each year, with the 2013 tax rate being lower than the
tax rate of 2002. This would not have been possible without the leadership of Parker. Due to his
conservative budget practices, the City was able this fiscal year not only to lower the tax rate, but
initiate an $8.1 million dollar bond issue to complete a number of capital projects. Mr. Parker
has made it a priority throughout his tenure with the City of Lufkin to maintain the existing tax
rate or lower it for the last eight years.
 

The employees of the City of Lufkin have benefited greatly from Mr. Parker’s expertise as well.
Since his hire date in 2004, Parker has secured a pay increase each year for City of Lufkin
employees as well as insured that excellent health and retirement benefits continued. Even during
the economic downturn, and the institution of new health care laws, his financial knowledge and
dedication to the City Staff is evident through continued pay increases and benefits.
 

His financial knowledge and expertise are unsurpassed, along with his desire to continue the
growth of the City of Lufkin. His financial leadership is also evident in the awards bestowed on
the City for its financial achievements. The City continues to annually receive the Texas
Comptroller Leadership Circle Gold award for financial transparency, the Distinguished Budget
Presentation Award and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
from the Government Finance Officers Association.
 

Continuing his forward thinking trend, in 2008 Mr. Parker helped navigate the purchase of local
water rights to secure the City of Lufkin’s water source for the foreseeable future. This has also
provided the City with a steady source of income from the sale of excess water. The City of
Lufkin purchased thirteen water wells along with the water rights to a local reservoir, Kurth
Lake. Using both capital funding and general fund dollars, the City has been able to bring the
majority of these wells on line for use not only by the City of Lufkin, but other surrounding cities
as well.

Under his direction, a number of the City of Lufkin’s buildings and facilities have been
constructed, expanded and remodeled to better serve our residents. Along with the renovations to
the existing City Hall in 2005, in 2006, a new Solid Waste/Recycling Campus was completed,
along with a new Public Works Facility and an expanded Fleet Maintenance Facility. This was
followed by a new Administration and Education Building for Ellen Trout Zoo. Since 2007, two
new state-of-the-art Fire Stations have been completed, with the third scheduled for construction
this year, along with a new Municipal Court facility. But perhaps the most prominent projects
spearheaded by Parker have been the expansion of our existing Convention Center and the
renovation of the historic Pines Theater in Downtown.

Through a partnership with Angelina County, the City’s existing convention center was
expanded to a first rate convention center encompassing over 32,000 square feet. The main
purpose of this facility is to shelter those in need during an emergency event such as a hurricane.
The City of Lufkin has experienced two major hurricanes since 2005, and Parker led the charge
to ensure that not only the City’s residents were well taken care, but also the thousands of
evacuees that made Lufkin their home during those events.
 

In 2007, Mr. Parker took the progressive step of promoting the purchase of the historic Pines
Theater. When purchased, the theater was in a severe state of disrepair and neglect. However,
Parker saw a vision for the building and continued to pursue it. In December 2012, after years of
work, numerous grant applications and continued support, the Pines Theater came to life as a
functioning, state of the art multi use facility.

The projects and accomplishments listed above don’t even come close to scratching the surface
of Paul Parker’s achievements. He truly embodies the phrase City Manager. From cooking
hamburgers at the employee picnic to meeting with legislators on the Hill, there is no task,
project or undertaking above or below him. His passion for the City and his Staff is evident in
everything he does. He leads the City of Lufkin with the full support of his Staff, City Council
and the community. With over 40 years of service in the field of city management, Paul Parker
has achieved more than most in his career can hope for.


 



 







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