City Manager Jerry Blaisdell has announced his retirement effective April 30, a news release from the City of Weatherford proclaimed Tuesday.
Blaisdell was appointed city manager for the City of Weatherford in 2009 after serving as assistant city manager and police chief. He has served 25 years “working devotedly to public service.”
“Jerry is a police officer by heart, but took the role of city manager when the city needed him to serve in a different capacity,” said Mayor Dennis Hooks. “He took the reins of the community and calmed the waters. He is a people person with a ‘can do’ attitude and a tremendous organizer.
“I have always trusted him with key decisions that impact the city, citizens, public and employees. His dedication to creating a better community and his dedication to the employees has gone above expectations in every aspect. He has been a valuable asset and personal friend whom I wish all the best in retirement.”
City Council member Craig Swancy said Blaisdell’s leadership has been “extremely valuable through the worst and best times of the city.”
“His strong leadership skills have allowed us to progress in the direction we sought,” he said. “When we needed to ‘circle the wagons’ we did so,”
During his service with the City of Weatherford, Blaisdell “significantly” lowered crime rates for the city and oversaw the construction of Weatherford’s current police station, located on Santa Fe Drive. He was also instrumental in re-developing Heritage Park, which is set to become the city’s main event grounds featuring a food park, event center and future amphitheater.
Blaisdell earned his associate in arts degree from Tarrant County Junior College and his bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences from Tarleton State University. Before serving the City of Weatherford, he served as police captain for the City of Fort Worth Police Department. He joined the City of Weatherford in July 1989 and served as Weatherford’s police chief until July 2007 when he was named acting assistant city manager. In April 2008, he became the assistant city manager and was appointed interim city manager in September 2008. He became the city manager January 6, 2009.
“For the last 25 years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving this great city, first as the chief of police and for the last seven years as the city manager,” Blaisdell said in the release. “I take great pride in the accomplishments that have taken place and the goals that have been achieved. There have been outstanding accomplishments that truly make Weatherford a great place to live, work and play. I am honored to have been associated with this great community, citizens and employees.”
Blaisdell has been active during his tenure as city manager. He is certified as a master peace officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). He is a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates, Inc., International Association of Chiefs of Police, Rotary International, Texas Police Association, Texas Police Chief’s Association and Parker County Sheriff Posse.
Blaisdell and his wife, Carol, have three grown children, two of which are police officers, and six grandchildren. He plans to continue to make Weatherford his home and stay active in the community.