In 2000, the General Services Department (GSD) was established to construct and maintain the City’s building portfolio. Since that time, GSD has evolved into a full service, client-centered department that provides a comprehensive suite of services to over 300 facilities; representing 7.7 million square feet of occupied space. As a full service department, GSD assists its clients in identifying the appropriate real estate solution and then provides design and construction services for the development of the facility. Once the facility is ready for occupation, GSD provides energy, property and security management services to ensure the lights come on and the facility is clean, well-maintained and secure. To further enhance the operation of its facilities, GSD established the Sustainable Growth division. This division is responsible for implementing green and sustainable property and energy management solutions with the intent of reducing operating costs and improving client satisfaction. GSD is client-focused, customer-responsive, and is committed to customer service and excellence. At the   forefront of our commitment is our motto: "Pursuing Customer Satisfaction...Always Responsive".

General Services Department

About the Director

Scott Minnix

Scott Minnix has been the Director of the General Services Department (GSD) for the City of Houston since November 17, 2010 with oversight of Building Design and Construction, Property Management, Real Estate, Security, and Employee Development.  He has responsibility for nearly $600M annual budget/spending and oversees the day to day building operations of nearly 400 facilities representing over 8 million square feet of occupied space.  Prior to joining the City of Houston, he held an executive position for the City of Seattle as a director of facility operations in the Fleet and Facility Department.

As a leader of MWBE outreach and utilization, he consistently promotes the development and capacity building of MWBEs.  The business community seeks his counsel on business development and strategic planning. GSD is annually recognized for its’ outstanding MWBE engagement and participation.

GSD was named- City of Houston Outstanding Department of the Year by Mayor’s Office of Business Opportunity.  He received the “Pinnacle Award” for Outstanding Business Advocate of the Year in 2014.
In 2015 Minnix achieved the FMP designation from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and attended the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA receiving his Certification in Driving Government Performance.

An adjunct Professor at HCC, Minnix is recognized nationally as a powerful educator and motivational speaker.  He has a unique ability to coach and get positive results using best practices optimizing team and individual performance.  Minnix has performed as a high-impact strategist throughout his 20-plus years of executive, operations, education/academic and HR leadership.

He is actively engaged in the community and serves on the Boards of the Ensemble Theatre (Co-Chair); Texas Southern University’s College of Science Engineering And Technology (Board of Advisors); IFMA (Vice President); and Rice University’s Design Alliance Board.  Previously, he Minnix served on the Board of the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Additionally, he is an advisor to the World Youth Foundation and the Houston CSTEM Program. 

A former officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Minnix earned and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration/Management from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington. 

Minnix is a single father whose daughter Jasmine is a first year student at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.  He is an avid tennis player and golfer and attends Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.