Clayton W. Chandler was the city manager of Waterville, Ohio, when he interviewed for the city manager position in Mansfield. The Georgia native brought significant experience to the growing city. He had financial expertise from the private sector and had also served as city manager in both North Myrtle Beach and Greenville, South Carolina. His first day as Mansfield city manager was May 14, 1984, and he has held the position since. At 31 years, he is the longest-serving city manager in Mansfield history and is one of the longest tenured city managers in Texas. Guiding the city through its explosive growth over the past 15 years, he also helped bring several key projects to the city including Pier 1 Imports and Big League Dreams Mansfield. Under his direction, Mansfield was the first city to be named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and has been named four times to Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live in America” list. In recognition of his role in Mansfield’s development and in celebration of his 20th anniversary with the city, North Park on Walnut Creek Drive was renamed Clayton W. Chandler Park in May 2004.
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