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Corinth City Manager Bob Hart was honored with the Texas City Management Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year. The award is given to a city manager who has significantly contributed to local government for more than 20 years.
Hart has enjoyed a career in city management spanning six Texas cities (Sundown, Sweetwater, Pampa, Georgetown, Kennedale, and now Corinth) for the past 41 years. He has dedicated his life to the communities he serves and has made statewide impacts on local government along the way.
“The City of Corinth is extremely proud to have its City Manager, Mr. Bob Hart, recognized by Texas City Management Association for his contribution to the organization and meeting the requirements for the Life Time Achievement Award,” expressed Mayor Bill Heidemann. “One aspect of the Lifetime Achievement Award is leadership, and that is a quality Mr. Hart has displayed largely in his short tenure here with the City. We look forward to continue growing as a community under his direction and expertise.”
During his tenure in Georgetown, Hart assisted with the adoption of the ½ cent sales tax for economic development in 1989. He was also successful in approaching TMRS in 1995 about amending TMRS legislation to permit retirees to work for other TMRS cities, thus opening the talent pool for smaller, but growing cities.
While in Sweetwater, he sought legislation to authorize the city and county to operate jointly for the restoration of historic buildings, resulting in the creation of Chapter 301 of the Local Government Code. In addition, Hart was able to retain the use of firefighters in Pampa when he turned to the legislature to expand the definition of work under the wage and hour provision of state law.
His community recognition is diverse and includes three Texas Municipal League Management Innovation Awards, the 2013 Comprehensive Planning Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association, Kennedale’s selection as the 2011 Texas City Management Association’s City Council of the Year, the 1999 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management, the 1998 Environmental Protection Agency Public Supply Operations Southwest Regional Award, the 1997 National Main Street Award, the 1995 Outstanding Planning Award from the American Planning Association, and the 1995 Goldstein Award for Community Policing Program.
Hart holds a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas. He is an active member of the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) through which he is a credentialed manager.