Title: Government Insurance Executive, City Manager, Consultant (Retired)
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
Richard Marvin Townsend, Government Insurance Executive, City Manager and Consultant (Retired), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public administration and management.
Mr. Townsend was interested in local government as far back as high school. He made up his mind before he went to graduate school that he was going to pursue this as a career. One man in particular inspired him in the course of this; Professor Albert Hillhouse at Cornell University. Mr. Townsend received a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1955 and an MPA with distinction in 1956 from the institution. Since 2012, Mr. Townsend has provided his services backed by more than five decades of experience and expertise as a consultant in the field and interim city manager. Prior to these roles, he served as the executive director of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool.
In his career in government, Mr. Townsend has served as the city manager of the City of Laredo and Corpus Christi. Upon just earning a master’s degree, he worked as an administrative aide and analyst for the City of Corpus Christi and then as a budget and research analyst for the city. For Mr. Townsend, a particular moment that stands out for him was managing the aftermath of Hurricane Celia in 1970. At that time there was just a hodgepodge of different federal agencies involved; not just FEMA, so his excellent performance was a personal highlight for him. In addition, Mr. Townsend served as the President of the Texas City Management Association in 1980, and has also maintained professional affiliation with the American Society for Public Administration, International City Management Association and Phi Kappa Phi.
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