Assistant City Manager Sharon Hayes has been named city manager for the City of Weatherford, effective May 1. Hayes will fill the role of current City Manager Jerry Blaisdell who announced his retirement.
“Mrs. Hayes was a natural choice for this position,” said Mayor Dennis Hooks. She is a leader who provides years of knowledge in municipal government and I know she will be welcomed by our community as the new city manager. Mrs. Hayes provides the leadership qualities and emotional intelligence to handle the responsibilities of this position. Even when confronted with difficult situations, Mrs. Hayes has remained committed to our community and true to her work. I am pleased to know our city will be in excellent hands. She is the leader this community needs as we move forward.”
“I think Mrs. Hayes is just what we need to lead this community,” said City Council Member Craig Swancy. “She has done a tremendous job as our assistant city manager and the city council feels she is the perfect fit for the position. Her education and professional experience speaks for itself, and I look forward to seeing her excel within the position of city manager.”
“Serving Weatherford as the next city manager is an honor and privilege,” said Mrs. Hayes. “I am eager to partner with our citizens, dedicated employees and elected officials as we continue to make Weatherford a great place to live, work and play. I look forward to building partnerships and creating more conversation with our citizens to develop an even better Weatherford that promises viability for the future.”
Hayes has been with the City of Weatherford since October 1985 starting as the city’s pretreatment coordinator. She has held the positions of city sanitarian, superintendent of treatment, department manager for environmental services and treatment, and assistant director of utilities before being appointed as deputy director of utilities in 2004. Hayes was appointed as the city’s director of utilities in 2008 and became the assistant city manager-utilities in April 2009.
Hayes holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Tarleton State University, master’s degree in environmental science from Texas Christian University and master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Texas. She has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience operating, managing and leading the city’s utility systems with extensive knowledge of the city’s utility infrastructure and operations.
Hayes is a member of the International City Managers Association, Texas City Managers Association and serves on the Texas Public Power Association board of directors. She is past president of the North Central Texas Chapter of the Texas Section of American Water Works as well as a past president of the Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies. She is a member of the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the Texas Water Utilities Association. Hayes has also published work in professional trade publications.
Hayes assumes the role of city manager May 1.