The City of Mansfield operates under the council-manager form of government. As designated by the City Charter, the City Manager is appointed by the Mayor and City Council and serves as the chief executive officer for the city organization. He manages the day-to-day operations of the various city departments and staff, directing delivery of services and executing all city policies and ordinances. In addition, the City Manager and his staff guide all goals and strategies of the city operations including future city development and expansion of services.
Serving as the Mansfield City Manager for the last 30 years, Clayton Chandler brings expertise in both public and private sector management to the job of chief executive officer for the city. His vast knowledge of finance and fiscal management has guided the city to 18 consecutive years without a tax rate increase to Mansfield homeowners. Chandler manages the day-to-day operations of the city, reporting to the City Council and directing a management team of professionals. Chandler previously worked in city government in South Carolina and Ohio before coming to Mansfield in 1984. He is a member of the International City Manager's Association (ICMA), the Government Finance Officer's Association and the Government Finance Officer's Association of Texas.
Assistant City Manager Chris Burkett is a 31-year staff member with the City of Mansfield, serving first as Director of Public Works and Director of Planning and Development. Burkett, a professional engineer, is responsible for the Community Development Division of the city, which includes public works, engineering, streets and water utility operations. He is a graduate of University of Texas at Arlington and a member of the American Water Works Association and Texas Society of Professional Surveying.