Sugar Land, TX – Sugar Land City Council approved a contract on Nov. 5 with Mike Goodrum to serve as the city’s next city manager, effective Jan. 20.
The unanimous vote occurred during a regularly scheduled public meeting after Goodrum was recently named the sole finalist for the position. Goodrum will replace long-time City Manager Allen Bogard who plans to retire in January after a 44-year career in public service.
Goodrum has served as city manager in Coral Springs, Fla., for the past three years. He started his government career with Sugar Land as an intern in 1999 and quickly advanced, providing valuable leadership in departments including Parks and Recreation, the City Manager’s Office, Community/Environmental Services and Public Works.
He was promoted to executive director in 2013 with oversight of Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance and Parks/Recreation before becoming an assistant city manager in 2014.
Goodrum’s selection as city manager was the result of a national search that resulted in more than 50 applications.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas A&M University and has been a member of the International City/County Management Association for 13 years. He was awarded the Mentoring Award from the Texas City Management Association in 2016 and has served as the group’s regional president. A firm believer in leadership development, Goodrum is a graduate of the Public Executive Institute, LBJ School of Public Affairs and holds a Certificate in Negotiation Mastery from HBX I Harvard Business School.
He and his wife, Jessica, a teacher, have three children.