Ben Thatcher, City Manager for the City of Boerne, is a coach at heart.
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.
Mr. Thatcher began his career in public service in 2004 in North Texas. He quickly moved up in his professional career and became the Assistant City Manager in Southlake in 2007 -- a position he held before coming to Boerne. In 1995, the citizens of Boerne voted to become a Home Rule City and in 2020 Mr. Thatcher became its second City Manager.
During his career, he has remained active in multiple professional and volunteer groups, including International City/County Manager’s Association, Texas City Management Association, and Boy Scouts of America just to name a few. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Utah and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas.
Mr. Thatcher 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.
Ben’s experience includes:
- Recipient of Strategic Government Resources “Innovative Thought Leader” award in 2015.
- ICMA Credentialed Manager, 2013 - Professional credentialing recognition by the International City Management Association for local government managers who are qualified by a combination of education and experience, adherence to high standards of integrity, and an assessed commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.
- Leadership North Texas, 2012-13 - A graduate-level leadership program provided by the North Texas Commission aimed at recruiting, developing, and supporting leaders who have a commitment to civic engagement, learning, and collaboration.
- Leadership ICMA, 2009 - A competitive, intensive two-year ICMA University program designed to cultivate key competencies needed for successful leadership at all levels of local government management.
- Senior Executive Institute, Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia, 2008 - Participated in an executive development program focusing on the top leadership of public organizations and offering an integrated approach to professional development for local government leaders and managers based on the High Performance Organization model.
- International City Management Association - Served on the Conference Planning Committee, 2009
- North Texas City Management Association - Board member 2012-2014; 2019-2020
- Texas City Management Association - Served on the Membership Committee, 2006, 2013 and University relations Task Force, 2006
- Urban Management Assistants of North Texas - Professional Development Co-Chair, 2007 and Conference Committee Co-Chair, 2006
- University of North Texas Public Administration Advisory Board - Board member, 2012 - Current; Chair from 2016-2019