Amarillo City Council to discuss employment status of Deputy City Manager Andrew Freeman

On Tuesday, the Amarillo City Council will hold an executive session to consult with legal council the employment status of Deputy City Manager and acting City Manager Andrew Freeman. 

The agenda item for the executive states:

(Work session) executive session - consult with attorney, discuss the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee: Andrew Freeman, Deputy City Manager

With the Amarillo City Council's recent decision to part ways with former City Manager Jared Miller,  Freeman currently serves as the acting City Manager. 

During their regular meeting at 3 pm Tuesday, the City Council will consider an agenda item to officially appoint Freeman as the interim City Manager.

The agenda item states:

This item considers a resolution appointing Andrew Freeman as Interim City Manager for the City of Amarillo beginning September 12, 2023 and ending when a new City Manager is named and assumes the duties of City Manager. All the duties of City Manager are assumed and authority is granted to act in all matters as the City Manager pursuant to the City Charter, the Amarillo Municipal Code, and all other applicable law.

Freeman has over 15 years of experience in various roles within city government in the state of Texas.

“So, we want him to have everything that he needs to lead this team, and he has our full confidence, backing and support.

“We are going to have a discussion that allows us to look if there is anything else that will be better for the city and this organization. 

"It would be nice if we took a few months and let Mr. Freeman gather his team and get everything going in the direction that the Council is moving and to make sure that we are all moving together," Amarillo Mayor Cole Stanley said about Freeman after the departure of Miller.

Freeman has been involved in local government since 2008. His experience includes:

City of Amarillo

Deputy City Manager
May 2023 - Present 

Assistant City Manager
Aug 2021 - May 2023 

Managing Director - Planning and Special Projects
Apr 2021 - Aug 2021

Managing Director - Planning and Development Services
Jun 2020 - Apr 2021

Director of Planning and Development Services
Aug 2018 - Jun 2020

Director of Economic Development and Intergovernmental Affairs
Apr 2018 - Jul 2018

Economic Development Manager/Assistant to the City Manager
Apr 2017 - Apr 2018

City of Plainview 

Assistant City Manager/Civil Service Director
Aug 2014 - Apr 2017

City of Tulia

City Manager/EDC Director
Nov 2013 - Aug 2014

City of San Marcos

Economic & Development Coordinator - City Manager's Office
Oct 2011 - Oct 2013

Executive Assistant - City Manager's Office
Oct 2008 - Oct 2011

Emergency Communications Operator
Apr 2008 - Oct 2008

Having graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor and master’s degree in public administration, Freeman’s career has focused on city management, planning, and economic development. He holds the Economic Development Finance Professional certification through the National Development Council and is a 2019 graduate of Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute. 

Freeman is actively involved in the Texas City Management Association and International City/County Management Association serving on various committees.  

Locally, he serves on the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission’s Economic Development Advisory Committee, as an ex-officio board member of the St. Anthony’s Legacy & Redevelopment Corporation, and he is also a member of Elevate Amarillo.

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