Longview City Manager Keith Bonds announced during the Nov. 11 City Council meeting that he plans to retire at the end of January 2022. Bonds has worked for the City of Longview since 1999, and has served as Longview’s City Manager since 2018.
Before becoming City Manager, Mr. Bonds served in a variety of roles including Assistant City Manager, Director of Public Works, Director of Water Utilities, and Utility Engineer. Prior to coming to the City of Longview, Keith worked twelve years for the City of Texarkana. Keith is a Texas Licensed Professional Engineer with a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.
“I grew up in the Longview area, so it’s been an honor to spend my career working for the community here in East Texas. I’ve been blessed to work with some wonderful and dedicated people who make this community a great place to live,” said Keith Bonds. “We are so fortunate to have an organization filled with professionals who are experts in their field. I’m thankful for the support of Mayor Mack and the City Council and the confidence they have shown in me these last 4 years. The relationships I’ve developed with Council have made my job much easier and allowed the organization to be the best it could be.”
Mayor Dr. Andy Mack congratulated Mr. Bonds on his retirement, saying, “Keith has been asset to this city for so many years. I’ve known him since he first came to work for the City and I was a City Councilmember. As the mayor, he’s made my job very easy. I am going to miss him a lot, and I thank him for his service to the City of Longview.”
During his tenure with the city, Keith has overseen extensive capital improvement projects, managed bond initiatives, and provided steady leadership during economic prosperity and crisis. He also has been very involved in many community organizations and volunteer efforts, including Rotary, Greater Longview United Way, and Partners in Prevention’s mentoring program.
The City of Longview operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager is hired by the City Council to implement policy, hire and fire city personnel, prepare the budget, and handle the daily administrative functions of the City.
The City Council will begin discussing the process for filling the City Manager position at future meetings.