City Manager - Thomas Mattis
Thomas L. Mattis comes to the City of Elgin with lengthy experience in local government and deep professional roots in Texas. Mattis has achieved a successful and diversified career as a City Manager over the past 34 years, having served as the chief executive officer for six (6) different municipalities in three different states.
Mattis was the City Manager of Colonial Heights, Virginia, a position he had held since 2010. Colonial Heights is a full-service, independent city located just south of the state capital of Richmond and is home to just over 17,000 residents. It serves as the market center for the Tri-Cities Area (which includes the cities of Petersburg and Hopewell, Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties and U.S. Army Fort Lee).
“Mary Ann and I are very excited about this opportunity to essentially ‘come home’ to Central Texas”, said Mr. Mattis. “We’ve enjoyed our time in Virginia, but are very much looking forward to becoming Elginites and serving the citizens there.”
Mattis began his career as City Manager in Rosebud (Falls County), Texas in 1982. After briefly serving the City of Dallas as a Budget Analyst, Mattis was then appointed City Administrator of Pilot Point (Denton County) in 1985. He was subsequently appointed City Manager in Bonham in 1988, the county seat of Fannin County and home of Sam Rayburn.
In 1991, Mattis was appointed as the Municipal Administrator in Waterville, Ohio; a historic, suburban community located on the banks of the Maumee River just outside of Toledo. Mattis served in that position for ten years, having achieved the longest tenure of any CEO serving the Village in the 65-year history of the position.
Most pertinent to the City of Elgin, however, is Mattis’ service as the first City Manager in the history of the City of Kyle, Texas from 2002 through 2010. Located in Hays County on the I-35 corridor, Kyle grew from just over 5,000 to an estimated 28,000 residents during his tenure. Challenges were almost endless, as Mattis led the successful development of a responsive and high-functioning organization, while simultaneously guiding the city’s rapid evolution from small rural town to full-service city. Mattis was part of the leadership team that initiated essentially all major commercial and residential developments that are thriving in Kyle today, including the Seton-Hays Hospital.
Mattis is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in his native Ohio, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1980. He and his wife Mary Ann (a Dallas native) have one daughter, Lillian, who is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and one son, Alex, who is a graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton. Both are residents of Austin
Mattis started his position as City Manager September 12, 2016.
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Chris Cannon, Mayor-at-Large, was first elected to represent Ward 3 in 2009. He was sworn in as Mayor on May 10, 2016. Born and raised in Elgin, Mayor Cannon accomplished the rank of Eagle Scout before graduating from Elgin High School in 2003. He earned a degree in Communications and Journalism at Texas A&M University in 2009. During college he worked for State Representative Fred Brown as the District Director for Texas House District 14. After graduating A&M, Mayor Cannon returned to Elgin and was elected to the Elgin City Council. Before starting his own business, He worked for Commissioner Lee Dildy on the Road and Bridge Crew in Precinct 4 and learned a great deal about road construction and planning. He previously served on the Elgin Economic Development Board. He serves as president of the Elgin Kiwanis Club, and is also on the Chamber of Commerce Board. The Mayor and his wife, Lauren, own Cannon Insurance Services in Elgin and are very active in the community in which they were both born and raised. They are very proud to raise their 2 children, Mason and Caroline in the city that they love so much.
Juan Gonzalez,elected to represent Ward 2 in 2013, Juan "Johnny" was born and raised in Elgin. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1966. Juan received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University in 1970 and then a Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice in 1988. He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972. After working at Westinghouse Electric Corp. he became a police officer with the Austin Police Department and retired as a commander in 2003. Juan has served on various committees and advisory boards including the Casy Family Program, Lola Wright Foundation, East Williamson County Activity Board, Public Safety Advisory Committee Elgin, and President of the Elgin Latin Cemetery Association.
Mary Penson, council representative for Ward 1 is a Native of Elgin. She graduated in 1983 from Elgin High School ans attended The University of Texas 2 years. Mary has 2 daughters, Marissa Hardenman (12) and Frances Bonner (26). She is currently employed with the United States Postal Service as a City Carrier (mail lady) since 1998. She became a lifetime member of the NAACP in 2012 where she serves as the assistant secretary. Mary is a member of The Strait Gate Fellowship Baptist Church where she sings in the church choir and is the leader of the Youth Group ans Young Women's Ministry. Mary says she is proud to represent Ward 1
Jessica Bega, council representative for Ward 1 began her first term on the Elgin City Council in May 2014. Jessica takes great interest in serving Ward 1 and the City of Elgin as the city experiences substantial growth and progress in the years ahead. Jessica grew up in Elgin and returned to her hometown several years ago. Her family, life-long Elginites, are active members of the community and in Elgin’s public schools. She is a 2013 graduate of the Citizens Police Academy and in 2012, she was appointed by the Mayor to the Sustainable Places Project stakeholders committee as a Member At-Large. Jessica is currently a Project Manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a K-12 learning company providing educational solutions to public schools, students and educators. She has spent more than 15 years in the educational publishing industry, primarily in project and team management. These years include specializing in print and digital technologies and content development and delivery. Jessica graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She is also a 1988 graduate of Elgin High School. In addition to serving on the city council, Jessica also serves as a member of the Elgin Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.
Phillip Thomas was elected to represent Ward 3 in 2015. He grew up in Sterling City, TX, a small town in West Texas close to San Angelo. Phillip graduated from Hardin Simmons University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in business management. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Logsdon Seminary in 2007. Phillip is married to Molly Thomas who is the Branch Director of Encompass Home Health in Bastrop. He and Molly have three girls who attend Elgin Middle School and Neidig Elementary School. The Thomas family moved to Elgin in 2013 in order to start a new church, Journey Elgin. Phillip serves as pastor of Journey. He is also on the Elgin Chamber of Commerce Board and serves on the board for the Community Cupboard in Elgin. The Thomas family moved to Elgin because of the small town heritage and the potential growth. Phillip looks forward to helping enhance Elgin’s future while, at the same time, embracing Elgin’s rich heritage.
Sue Brashar, was elected to represent Ward 4 on the City Council in May of 2014. Sue is a lifelong resident of Elgin. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1987 and then attended the University of Texas at Austin for a year. She is currently employed by LCRA where she has been for the past 14 years. Sue volunteers within the Elgin community including the Hogeye Festival's barbecue cook off and the children's parade and past community Easter Egg Hunts. She has served on various boards including the Elgin Athletic Booster Club, Elgin Little League, the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department ladies' auxiliary and the Elgin Police Officers' Association. She is also a past member of the Federal Correctional Institution, Bastrop Community Relations Board and the Multiple Sclerosis Society's Austin Walk committee. Sue is a past employee of the City of Elgin working at the Elgin Police Department for five years. Sue and her husband of 27 years, John, have one daughter, Paige, who also lives in Elgin.
Neil Beyer was appointed and thereafter elected to Ward 4 in 2017. Neil lives in Elgin with his two sons that attend Neidig Elementary. Neil has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
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