City Manager's Office
"Welcome to the Boerne City Manager's Office. Here at the City of Boerne we are focused on building a premier Hill Country community. Approximately 300 employees work diligently to provide exceptional service to our residents, businesses, and visitors." - Ben Thatcher, City Manager
Who We Are
The City of Boerne is a “Home-Rule” city that operates under a council-manager form of government. This form of government essentially means that the City Manager is the city official who is ultimately responsible for the overall management of City operations. The City Manager works in close partnership with the Mayor and City Council, who are responsible for setting the policy direction of the City.
The City Manager's Office, in coordination with the Finance Department, prepares and submits a structurally balanced budget which is tied back to the council's strategic direction. The City Manager's Office also assists the City Council in the development and formulation of policies, goals and objectives and keeps them informed of important community issues. In addition, City Manager’s Office staff provide legislative support, communication services, and legal services to city functions and operations.
The City Manager's Office mission is to build an exemplary Hill Country community by delivering high-quality, customer-focused essential services to all who live, work, and play in Boerne. Our vision centers on ensuring safety and security, fiscal excellence, economic stability, unique community charm, historical stewardship, and environmental responsibility.
Operating with a dedication to our values of service, excellence, integrity, respect, and collaboration, the City Manager’s Office is responsible for the following core services:
- Implement and administer the general policies and procedures of the City as outlined by the City Council.
- Facilitate good governance and provide strategic leadership to the City organization.
- Ensure a strong and sustainable financial condition for the city.
- Promote citizen engagement and governmental transparency.
- Develop a high-performance organization.
- Coordinate organizational development that supports the city’s vision, mission, and values.
City Manager and Assistant City Managers
The City Manager's Office includes City Manager Ben Thatcher and two Assistant City Managers – Kristy Stark and Danny Zincke. Click on the tabs below to learn more about their roles and experience.
Ben Thatcher, City Manager
Ben joined the City of Boerne as the City Manager in 2020. He loves a good strategy that allows players to make game-winning plays and drives the whole team to succeed. By setting and meeting goals, Ben strongly believes in the capabilities of local government to impact the quality of life of communities.
Ben grew up in a household that values the importance of public service with a father in city management, a brother who serves as a city attorney and former local city councilman, and three other brothers who work for local municipalities in North Texas. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.
Kristy Stark, Assistant City Manager
Kristy joined the City of Boerne in 2021 as an assistant city manager after more than a decade of municipal government experience in Texas. In her 10 years with the City of San Marcos prior to joining the City of Boerne, Kristy managed the city’s state and federal legislative program, which secured more than $131 million in federal funding. She also served as the chief spokesperson and storyteller while managing citywide communications.
She has been active in many community organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, San Marcos School Fuel Program, and the Chamber of Commerce where she was awarded the first Community Inspiration Award. She is a member of the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA), TAMIO, Texas Municipal League, and is a Certified Risk Manager.
Danny Zinke, Assistant City Manager
Danny joined the City Manager’s Office as an assistant city manager in 2021 after 10 years with the City of Boerne. During this time he has overseen multiple departments within the city while serving as the Director of Parks and Recreation and later as the Director of Community Service.
During his time with the City of Boerne, Zincke has managed the redevelopment and renovations of River Road Park, Curry Creek Trail, Veterans Park and Kinderpark. He has also overseen the expansion and improvements of the Old No. 9 Trail and the construction of an amphitheater at the Patrick Heath Public Library. Zincke is most proud of the 1,800 trees the city has planted on public land over the last 10 years.