Hayes appointed by city council to be new city manager
Sharon Hayes

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. For news inquiries, please contact public relations manager Blake Rexroat at 817-598-4209 or .


Hotopp named new assistant city manager
James Hotopp

Director of Water/Wastewater and Engineering James Hotopp has been named assistant city manager for the City of Weatherford, effective May 1. Hotopp will fill the role of current Assistant City Manager Sharon Hayes who was recently announced as the upcoming city manager.

“The decision to promote Mr. Hotopp to assistant city manager just made sense based on his understanding and broad knowledge of our city operations,” said current Assistant City Manager Sharon Hayes. “Mr. Hotopp is a valuable asset to our internal operations and is a forward thinker, which is what this position requires on a daily basis.”
“I look forward to this new chapter with the City of Weatherford and am honored to become the next assistant city manager,” said James Hotopp. “Serving the community and moving Weatherford toward a better future is not only rewarding, but humbling. Weatherford is a great community and I am excited to serve our citizens in a new capacity.”

Hotopp has been with the City of Weatherford since January 2007 after working with a private engineering firm in the DFW metroplex. James has held positions of utility civil engineer and city engineer before being appointed as director of water/wastewater and engineering in April 2009.

Hotopp holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas. Hotopp has experience in designing all aspects of water distribution systems and wastewater collection systems.

Hotopp assumes the role of assistant city manager May 1 in correlation with the appointment of Sharon Hayes. For news inquiries, please contact public relations manager Blake Rexroat at 817-598-4209 or .