City of Hereford
The Administrative Department consists of members of the City Commission, the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, City Secretary and Receptionist. The City Commission is responsible for policy, leadership and general direction of City Government. The Mayor and two Commissioners are elected at-large from the City and four Commissioners are elected from specific places or wards within the City. The Mayor, along with Commissioner Place One and Commissioner Place Three are elected in odd-numbered years and Commissioner Place Two, Commissioner Place Four, Commissioner At-Large Place Five and Commissioner At-Large Place Six are elected in even-numbered years. Elections to the positions are typically held on the first Saturday of May of each year for two-year terms.
The Commission appoints a City Manager. The City Manager has no set term of office but serves at the will of the governing body. The Commission is responsible for setting policies and the City Manager is the chief executive officer and the head of the administrative branch of the City government under the charter of the City of Hereford.
Responsibility of this department includes budget preparation and execution as well as overall administration of City Ordinances and policy as adopted by the City Commission. The City Secretary's duties include personnel, records management, municipal elections, emergency public information/resource management official and event planner. She serves as clerk to the City Commission and secretary to the City Manager.
The City of Hereford is a "Home Rule" Municipality. Municipalities adopting home rule charters have full power of local self-government and may exercise any power not prohibited by the Constitution or laws of the State of Texas. The City of Hereford operates under a charter approved in an election held on September 6, 1952.
Rick L. Hanna was born in Morton, Texas. He is a graduate of the Southwest Texas State University C.P.M. Program, as administered through the William P. Hobby Public Service Academy and completed undergraduate studies at Wayland Baptist University and New Mexico Junior College. He graduated in 1975 from New Mexico State Law Enforcement Academy and is also a certified EMT as awarded through Texas Tech University Health and Science Center.
Mr. Hanna has been a city manager for twenty years with the cities of Lorenzo, Post, Muleshoe, and Hereford. In addition to being responsible for the day to day operations of the City, Mr. Hanna emphasizes economic development including business formation, retention, and expansion. Mr. Hanna has been a Hereford resident since being appointed city manager in July of 2001. He is a member of the Hereford Lions Club.
Mr. Hanna has been married to Sandy for 38 years and they have two sons, Erik and Aaron.
Steve Bartels is a life long resident of Hereford and a 1981 graduate of Hereford High School. He graduated from West Texas A&M University in 1994 with a degree in Business Administration. Steve graduated in 2000 from Southwest Texas State's Certified Public Managers Program.
He began working for the City of Hereford in 1981 as a part-time employee in the Parks Department and began full-time employment in July of 1983 as an operator at the City's wastewater treatment plant. Upon graduation was appointed Finance Manager in January of 1995 and promoted to Assistant City Manager in May of 2002.
He has been married to Sandra for 19 years and has one son, Cory, who is employed at Pantex and lives in Amarillo. He is a member of the Hereford Kiwanis Club, the Panhandle City Managers Association and the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas.
Suzanne Finch has been a resident of Hereford for many years. She attended Hereford High School and later graduated from West Texas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She is a member of the Hereford Lion’s Club.
Prior to working for the City, she was employed at the Texas Workforce Commission for almost twelve years—seven and a half years as an Interviewer and a little over four years as the Manager. She was appointed in April of 2003 by the City Commission to serve as the city secretary. She has completed all coursework, tests, and seminars required for certification under the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program, offered through the University of North Texas at Denton, graduated January 2006 and recertified January 2011. She served as Secretary (2006-2007), President (2008-2009), and Historian (2010-2011) of the Panhandle Chapter of the T.M.C.A. and has served as Historian (2008-2012) for the Texas Municipal Clerks Association.