Nassau Bay city manager nominated for key award

3-1 Chris ReedNassau Bay City Manager Chris Reed, along with four others, has been nominated for the Houston Metropolitan Area Public Official of the Year award.

Other finalists for this year’s award are HD Chambers, superintendent for Alief School District; William Frazier, managing attorney for the Office of Child Protective Services for Harris County; Francisco Sanchez, liason/public information officer for Harris County; and Bruce Tough, chairman for The Woodlands Township.

“We started this award to honor the type of leadership and professionalism that exists in the field of public administration but goes largely unseen and unrecognized. It’s the exact type of leadership and professionalism that we want to instill in our students.

Anyone can submit a nomination and make the case for a public servant tackling a particular challenge in a courageous, creative and collaborative way. Each nomination is judged and ranked by a committee of current students and alumni of the University of Houston Master of Public Administration Program.

We take the top five finalists and award the honoree at the luncheon,” said Dr. James Thurmond, director of University of Houston MPA Program.

The 4th Annual Public Official of the Year Ceremony will be held March 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the University of Houston Hilton – Waldorf Astoria Ballroom.

“There are many great leaders in the Houston area, it is an honor just to be mentioned among this group,” Chris Reed said.

Reed has been city manager for the City of Nassau Bay since August 2009. He has 27 years of experience in municipal government; as part of that tenure he served as the city administrator for League City and is a retired assistant police chief.

Greater Houston Partnership President Bob Harvey will present the keynote address at the awards luncheon, which is being underwritten by Peter H. Brown, Senior Fellow for Urban Design at Houston Tomorrow.

For more information about this award, contact MPA Public Official of the Year Project Manager Tiffany Hogue, at UHMPA@mail.com or 832-524-7045.

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