City Manager – John Kessel

John C. Kessel is the City Manager of the City of Schertz, Texas. He is currently the Honorary Commander of the AETC 435 FTS Deadly Black Eagles at JBSA-Randolph and is on the JBSA Community Partnership Executive Group (P4).

Mr. Kessel has worked in local government for twenty five years and became Schertz’s City Manager on June 1, 2011.

Prior to his arrival at Schertz, he served the City of McKinney, Texas from 1997 to 2011, the last ten year as the Executive Director of Development Services. In this capacity, Mr. Kessel oversaw departments that directly managed the City’s growth, and during his tenure, McKinney grew approximately 100,000 population while retaining a high quality of life for their citizens. Additionally, he has served with the Cities of Arlington, Texas and Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Mr. Kessel received his Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, graduating with University Scholar honors in 2000. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington in 1990, graduating Cum Laude with two degrees, one in American Studies and the other in Art History.