Sugar Land, TX – Sugar Land City Council recently named Mike Goodrum as its next city manager after a nationwide search.
Goodrum currently serves as the city manager of Coral Springs, Fla.
He will replace Allen Bogard, who plans to retire in January after a 44-year career in public service that recently culminated with a career excellence award from International City/County Management Association.
Final terms are being negotiated with Goodrum, and City Council is expected to consider a contract during an executive session on Nov. 5.
“It is a monumental task to follow in the footsteps of a legendary city manager such as Allen,” said Goodrum. “Allen has been a tremendous mentor and friend to me over the years, and I’m up to the challenge of leading this elite organization he refined during the last 20-plus years.
“I am excited to be coming home to this very special community and look forward to working with City Council, staff and residents to continue Sugar Land’s legacy of excellence.”
Sugar Land’s national city manager search resulted in more than 50 applications. City Council conducted interviews with the top five finalists, all of whom had prior city manager experience. The selection of Goodrum was unanimous.
“Mike was the best choice for the city of Sugar Land among a pool of highly qualified candidates” said Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman. “Mike is the embodiment of the Sugar Land Way. He understands our community, it’s expectations and our organization. City Council felt that he was the clear choice to work with council members and staff to position our city for the future.”
Goodrum started his government career with Sugar Land as an intern in 1999. He quickly advanced, providing valuable leadership in departments including Parks and Recreation, the City Manager’s Office, Community and Environmental Services and Public Works.
He was promoted to executive director in 2013 with oversight of Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance and Parks/Recreation before becoming an assistant city manager in 2014.
Goodrum developed a reputation for being a collaborative and innovative leader in Sugar Land. He exemplified the Sugar Land Way – a commitment to bold and thoughtful thinking designed to make life sweeter and more refined for the people and businesses that call Sugar Land home.
During his tenure in Sugar Land, Goodrum had many notable achievements including:
- the development and implementation of an internal organizational assessment program;
- the facilitation of a public-private partnership to redevelop a portion of the historic Imperial Sugar site into the Sugar Land Heritage Museum and Visitor Center; and
- the no-cost acquisition of more than 750 acres of parkland, known as Cullinan Park, through an inter-local agreement.
Goodrum left Sugar Land in 2017 to become the city manager of Coral Springs, a city similar to Sugar Land that is an award-winning, diverse, full-service municipality with a population of more than 133,000. In Coral Springs, Goodrum continued his track record of achieving excellence by developing and implementing plans critical to the future success of the city, such as a comprehensive financial management plan, a five-year strategic plan and a $200 million-plus, public-private partnership.
“The city is thrilled at the opportunity to welcome Mike back,” said Allen. “Sugar Land is in good hands. When I retire in January, I will be proud to be a Sugar Land resident who benefits from his expertise and leadership.”