City Manager

Overview

Kennedale operates under the Council-Manager form of government. This system combines the strength of an elected Mayor and City Council with a professional manager and staff. The City Manager is accountable to the City Council for the proper administration of all the affairs of the city. 



Duties and Responsibilities


  • Advising and making recommendations to the City Council regarding the city’s financial condition, future needs, policy, and other necessary matters
  • Supervising, directly or indirectly, all departments and employees
  • Budget administration, including preparation and submission of the proposed annual budget
  • Appointing and removing any employee of the City of Kennedale including the Police andFire Departments

Biography


Campbell was appointed as City Manager of Kennedale in April 2017, after serving as the City’s Interim City Manager for two months. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, with an undergraduate degree in Government. He earned his Masters of Public Administration degree from the School of Urban and Public Affairs at UT Arlington in 1989. Prior to his service in Kennedale Campbell has served the City Management profession as City Manager or Deputy City Manager in the North Texas Cities of Coppell (‘72-‘77), Weatherford (‘77-‘83 & ‘02-‘06), Arlington (‘83-‘99), and Denton (‘06-‘16). 

Campbell has served in numerous professional organizations, received awards or
recognition, and participated in a service capacity including but not limited to:


  • Texas City Management Association (TCMA) President, 1996
  • University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Alumni Board President, 1996
  • North Texas City Management Association (NTCMA) President, 1983
  • Urban Management Assistants of North Texas (UMANT) Joy Sansom Mentor Award, 1994
  • Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau Board Member, 1999 to 2001
  • River Legacy Foundation Board of Directors, 1999 to 2003; Vice President, 2000 to 2002
  • ORIGINS Museum and Cultural Center (In Association with the Smithsonian Institution) Board Member, 1999 to 2004
  • North Texas Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration: Public Administrator of the Year, 1998
  • UTA Alumni Association: Distinguished Alumni Award, 2000
  • United Way of Tarrant County: Various involvement since 1990, including Tarrant County Chair for Municipal Government Campaign
  • UTA Masters of Public Administration Advisory Committee Chair, 1999
  • Vision North Texas Advisory Committee
  • United Way of Denton County Executive Committee and Public Sector Chair, 2008 and 2009
  • Texas City Management Association (TCMA) Mentoring Award in Memory of Gary Gwyn, 2013