Elected Officials Wear Many Hats
Local elected officials have many responsibilities: policymaker, legislator, ambassador and employer. City councilmembers are the City’s legislators, and their primary role is policymaking. As policymakers, it is the Council’s responsibility to identify the needs of Citizens and formulate a plan to meet those needs.
Policymaking is a complicated process, but can be simplified when City council works together as a team and sets comprehensive goals for the City. It is from the City council’s vision that the administrative staff of the City takes direction and goes about its' daily work. Citizens look to City council to exercise authority to preserve and promote their health, safety, and welfare.
The City of Henderson operates and is administered through a Council-Manager form of Government. Citizens are represented by the six-member City Council and a Mayor who is elected at-large. All of the council members are volunteers, but receive a stipend for attending meetings and for expenses related to public service. The Mayor is recognized as the head of the City government for ceremonial and emergency purposes, but is not a voting member of the Council except to break a tie.
Any citizen can address the Council at any public meeting, however state Open Meetings Laws are very specific that Council or individual members cannot respond or deliberate items not listed on the meeting agenda. To be listed on the agenda, citizens may contact the City Secretary at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.
Council meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the City Council chambers in Old City Hall at 400 West Main Street. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.
The Council fulfils the legislative functions of the City, crafting ordinances and developing policies. They are also tasked with establishing the overall direction of the City and providing general direction to the City Manager. The Council works closely with the City Manager to establish annual goals and objectives and monitors the performance of the City Manager. The Council also adopts an annual budget which reflects the Council’s spending priorities, and sets the annual property tax rate.
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District One: Wes Breitenberg
District Two: Michael Searcy
District Three | Mayor Pro Tem: Henry Pace
District Four: Melissa Morton
District Five: Gina Juarez
Physical and Mailing Address:
300 W. Main St.
Henderson, TX 75652
Ph: (903) 392-0442
City Hall Business Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00AM to 5:00PM