Joe R. Zimmerman

Councilman Zimmerman was elected the 10th Mayor of Sugar Land on June 11, 2016 after serving four years as the At-Large, Position 2, City Councilman.  He currently serves on the Economic Development Committee, Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Sugar Land Development Corporation Board and as the COSL representative on the HGAC Board and Transportation Policy Council.  Prior to being elected to City Council, he was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for eight years, serving six years as Chairman, and is a 2015 graduate of the Sugar Land Regional Airport Academy.

Professional, Civic & Community

Mr. Zimmerman is a Senior Consultant for Halff Associates, Inc., a Texas-based civil engineering consulting firm founded in 1950.  He has extensive business experience, having served in senior management positions in a number of different industries.  He is active in his community and has served on the Board of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council (FBEDC), Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Literacy Council of Fort Bend and Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority.


He and his wife of over 46 years, Nancy, have lived in Sugar Land since 1990 and are active members of Second Baptist Church Woodway.  Their daughter, Allison, her husband Chris Wallace, granddaughter Emmy and grandson Campbell live in Houston.  


May 2022 - May 2025


  • Professional Engineer, State of Texas
  • Houston Baptist University, MBA
  • University of Houston, BS Civil Engineering 
  • Sharpstown High School, Houston