The City of Brownsville is proud to announce Mr. Alan Guard as the new Deputy City Manager within the City Manager’s Office for the City of Brownsville. Guard brings a wealth of knowledge and more than 35-years of experience in local government to this vital role and will assume this role on October 2, 2023.
"Mr. Guard brings a wealth of experience in the areas of city management and finance that will serve the City well and help support our operational needs and the delivery of projects that are aligned with the City Commission’s Strategic Vision,” said Helen Ramirez, AICP, Brownsville City Manager. “It is important for our organization to have someone of his caliber and expertise join our team and support our forward leadership thinking while improving our citizen’s service levels. His experience also aligns with our 'ONE CITY' vision of collaboration that will pave the way towards economic growth, innovation, beautification, and redevelopment of our Downtown. We are excited to have him on board."
Guard’s experience spans working with cities with populations from as few as 5,000 to more than a million, covering communities in north Texas, Iowa, and Oklahoma. His multifaceted role in city management has seen him manage capital projects, information technology, human resources, contract negotiations, strategic planning, and even stadium and convention center management.
Coming from Anna, Texas, where he has been serving as the Director of Finance., he is a Certified Government Finance Officer, a recognition given by the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas.
Guard has been instrumental in spearheading significant economic development projects, including Public Improvement Districts (PIDs), Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ), and 380 agreements. His leadership in bond elections and financing has led to capital projects amounting to more than $200 million. Among his notable achievements is his role as the lead negotiator in a public/private partnership for the $44 million redevelopment of the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, Iowa.
“I am humbled to be asked to join the amazing team Ms. Ramirez has put together in Brownsville,” said Guard. “The opportunities and the vision the Commission holds for our community are exhilarating. I am eager to make a substantial difference and serve on a team that will continue to drive the City of Brownsville’s growth and prosperity."
Guard and his wife, Molly, share a 36-year bond of matrimony and have two adult children. He is a proud alum of the University of Texas El Paso with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Economy from the University of Texas - Dallas.