JOB SUMMARY – The City Manager serves as chief administrative and executive officer of the City and assures that all laws and city ordinances are enforced; and does related work as required. The City Manager appoints and removes all heads of departments and all subordinate officers and employees of the City, except as otherwise provided in the City Charter. The City Manager exercises control over all departments and subdivisions thereof created by the City Charter and City Council. The City Manager attends all meetings of the City Council, taking part in discussions and recommending Council action as appropriate and keeps the Council fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the City. The City Manager assures the annual budget is prepared and submitted to the City Council and assures that the City operates within its budget. The City Manager executes deeds and contracts on behalf of the City when authorized by ordinance, resolution or motion of the City Council. The City Manager also represents the City in professional and civic organizations and serves as the Gladewater Municipal Airport Manager.
PERSONAL PROFILE – Theo Melancon joined the City of Gladewater in February 2016. He has served in public service for over eight years, including three as a City Administrator. Prior to Gladewater, Theo was City Administrator in Eldorado, where he implemented initiatives to upgrade the street, water, and sewer systems. He coordinated the transition of all financial software to a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning system.
In his previous posts in Louisiana, including Louisiana State University and the State of Louisiana’s Division of Administration, Theo served as an advisor on several projects for state agencies and municipalities. Highlights include: serving as Clerk to an Administrative Law Judge in disputes between state agencies, advising local governments in legal and capital project matters, helping to develop bid documents for health insurance for LSU campuses statewide, and serving on the State’s legal team in construction project disputes.
Theo earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University.