Temple City Manager Jonathan Graham Announces Retirement
Temple City Manager Jonathan Graham announced this week that he will retire from the City of Temple after 28 years of service.
“For the better part of the past three decades, the City of Temple has been my life and soul,” Graham told the Temple City Council. “It has been a privilege to serve you, your predecessors, our employees, and of course the citizens of Temple. I am proud that I had a hand in many of the good things that we as a city have been able to do for the past 28 years. We have had steady, responsible growth, and we enjoy an excellent reputation around the state and indeed the country for being an excellent place to do business or live.”
Without exception he has always done what is best for the city honorably.
Graham will step down on June 25. Before becoming City Manger three years ago, Graham served as Temple's City Attorney for 25 years.
As City Manger, he has been responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the city, overseeing every city department, and executing the policies set by the major and the City Council.
“Jonathan’s work with the City of Temple goes back 28 years and the information and knowledge he has is invaluable,” Mayor Pro Tem Perry Cloud said. “He will be missed not only for the facts and wisdom associated with all aspects of the city, but his friendship and dedication has become what I will miss the most. Jonathan has worn many hats and all have fit him well.”
Mayor Danny Dunn has known Graham since high school, and had this to say: “I met Jonathan at Temple High government day when I was a senior. Over the past 20 years, he has grown to be one of my closest friends. Without exception he has always done what is best for the city honorably and while I wish him well, I will personally miss working with him on a daily basis.”
Temple communications director Shannon Gowan said the city council will discuss the process of finding a replacement for Graham in coming weeks.