Stephen Ashley

Title: City Manager
Phone: 972-294-2312

Role as City Manager

Recognized by his peers as a visionary Public Administration Executive, Stephen Ashley has developed a reputation as a municipal leader with a commitment to people oriented management, and the efficient use of resources. Having 20 plus years of dedicated service to local governments he is skilled in the management of employees, conflict resolution, and performance management. His ability to effectively manage issues in a positive and productive manner has been demonstrated repeatedly.


Stephen is a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. His Master’s Degree in Public Administration was earned from the University of Texas at Arlington. He holds certifications as a Certified Public Manager and a Certified Economic Development Professional.

Work Experience
Having initiated numerous new programs through mentoring and training of others, Stephen’s management experience in operations includes:

  • Capital Improvement Programs
  • Community Relations
  • Facility Management
  • Finance and Budget
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Planning & Zoning
  • Strategic Planning

He has been recognized and appointed by former Governor Rick Perry to the East Texas Regional Review Committee; where state grant guidelines are reviewed.  He voluntarily served this committee for 5-years.  He was also appointed to the Heart of Texas Workforce Board, where he served for 5-years.

Personal Life 
Stephen and his wife Kathryn have been married for 27 years; Kathryn is also a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station. Together, they have two children.


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