City Manager

Keith BondsKeith Bonds became City Manager in June 2018. He has served as Assistant City Manager since 2014 and has worked for the City of Longview since 1999, holding roles such as the Director of Public Works, Director of Water Utilities, and Utility Engineer. Before coming to Longview, he worked for the City of Texarkana as an engineer. Keith is a Texas Licensed Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.  Keith and his wife Karen have a grown child and a grandchild.

The City of Longview operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The elected City Council passes local legislation, adopts the annual budget, determines policies, and appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, City Secretary, and Municipal Court Judge. The City Manager is responsible for the hiring and management of all other departments. The appointment of department directors is recommended by the City Manager and requires approval of the City Council. 
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Similar to the position of a chief executive officer in the business world, the City Manager is responsible for the management and operations of the City of Longview. The manager prepares a recommended budget for the Council's consideration; recruits, hires, and supervises the government's staff; serves as the Council's chief adviser; and carries out the Council's policies. Council members and citizens count on the Manager to provide complete and objective information, alternatives, and long-term goals.