City Manager – John Kessel

John C. Kessel is the City Manager of the City of Schertz. Mr. Kessel became Schertz’s eighth City Manager on June 1, 2011, after serving briefly as the Executive Director of the Schertz Economic Development Corporation.


As Chief Executive Officer of the City, he oversees the daily operations of 332 employees who serve a citizenry of an estimated 38,000 people living within 32 square miles of property located in three counties. As the City Manager, Mr. Kessel manages a $68 million annual operating budget.


Mr. Kessel is accountable to the Mayor and the City Council for the effective leadership of city employees and the efficient management of city business, including the city’s core services such as safety and resident services, quality of life such as parks and the library, and economic development.


Mr. Kessel has worked in local government for twenty five years. Prior to his arrival at Schertz, he served the City of McKinney, Texas from 1997 to 2011, the last ten of which as the Executive Director of Development Services. In this capacity, Mr. Kessel oversaw departments that directly managed the City’s growth—Planning, Engineering, Building Inspections, Code Enforcement, Environmental Health, Animal Control, and Community Services. 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 City of Arlington, Texas and City of 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 College in Spokane, Washington, graduating Cum Laude with an American Studies and Art History double major in 1990.