City Manager's Office

The current City Manager is Stan R. Farmer.


Duties of the City Manager include:

  • Draw the Council's attention to City needs and recommend alternatives by which the Council can respond to those needs
  • Manage the City's funds and prepare reports that advise the Council and general public of the City's fiscal condition
  • Prepare and execute the City's annual budget pursuant to the revenue and expenditure plans adopted by the Council
  • Serve as a resource to City Council to facilitate its ability to make informed decisions in the best interests of the City
  • Enforce all City ordinances, rules, and regulations
  • Supervise all municipal employees and programs

The office of City Manager is an appointed position in which the individual selected serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and City Council.

Stan is a proud public sector leader and manager who loves his profession helping people. He recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs Executive Master in Public Leadership (EMPL) program with a Masters in Public Affairs (MPAff). He received his Bachelor Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His next stop was the U.S. Marine Corps as an Intelligence Analyst and Marksmanship Instructor with duty stations in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Okinawa, Japan. Stan received his Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree in 2001 from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He holds certification as a Certified Public Manager (CPM) through Texas State University, is an American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP), and is an ICMA Certified Manager (ICMA-CM). He is a 2016 graduate of the ICMA Senior Executive Institute of Leadership. Stan has been a City Manager approximately 18.5 years for three cities. He became Horseshoe Bay's first City Manager in 2008. Mr. Farmer is the proud father of two wonderful daughters and two outstanding stepchildren and is married to his wonderful wife, Julie.

The City of Horseshoe Bay's leadership efforts were recently highlighted in the Texas Town and City Magazine produced by the Texas Municipal League. 

Doing Good, Well by Craig Pederson

One Local Government's Leadership Journey by Stan Farmer

Stan's Reading List: 

Trouble with Thinking BookDrive bookExtreme Govt Makeover bookOriginals bookCities and the Creative Class bookNudge bookThe Seamless City bookTriumph of the City bookFor the Love of Cities bookBuilding High Performance Local Govts bookTurn the Ship Around bookThe American City book