Mayor Annise D. Parker serves as the Executive Officer of the City. As the City's chief administrator and official representative, the Mayor is responsible for the general management of the City and for seeing that all laws and ordinances are enforced. Administrative duties include the appointments, with Council approval, of department heads and persons serving on advisory boards.
As Executive Officer, the Mayor administers oaths and signs all motions, resolutions and ordinances passed by City Council. The Mayor also serves a legislative function, presiding over City Council with voting privileges. The Mayor is responsible for advising Council of the City's financial condition and presents to Council an annual budget for approval.
My number one priority as your mayor is fiscal responsibility. Achieving this during a tight economy requires a willingness to make tough decisions.
When I arrived in the mayor’s office, the city was facing a $205 million gap between anticipated spending and available revenues. The economy had pushed down our revenue pool while expenditures were rising due to contractual obligations for health insurance, pensions and employee pay agreed to prior to my arrival. Through a combination of operational consolidations, expenditure reductions, personnel cutbacks, sales of surplus land, cost of service increases and employee furloughs, we have been able to close that gap.
This webpage will provide a detailed look at the tough decisions we’ve been making, and will continue to make, as we work to institutionalize this new approach to financial management.
Mayor Annise D. Parker
April 26, 2013
I love this city. I still love going to work every day and I love the future we are creating for Houston. In our 3.5 years together we have gone from fighting a severe recession---with necessary cut backs and layoffs ---to having the hottest economy in the nation. Today we’re the job producing capital of America--– the place to which more people are moving than anywhere else in the nation.
Just this year we have hosted an NBA All Star Weekend that was second to none, we have started major programs to improve our parks, streets, and libraries, and announced two new international flights to Houston. We will have two international airports, so you can fly directly from Houston to your international business meeting in Turkey, China or Mexico ...
Mayor Annise D. Parker
January 2, 2014
Thank you for trusting me to continue in what I believe is the best job in America. To serve you is my greatest honor. I remain excited to go to work each and every day.
I congratulate our City Controller and our City Council Members. I know personally the duties they have assumed today, and I salute their service. Each one of us worked diligently, passionately, (some over a period of years) to achieve these positions. We recognize the sacred trust we have assumed. Whatever our differences in philosophy, in personality, in opinions, we will endeavor to reward your faith in us ...
To access the City of Houston Newsroom, go to http://www.houstongovnewsroom.org. The full list of press releases and Mayor Parker’s media contacts are available at http://www.houstontx.gov/mayor/press/index.html.
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MAYOR PARKER LAUNCHES URBAN GROWS INITIATIVE
Mayor Annise Parker today announced, with Urban Harvest, the launch of Urban Grows, the first vegetable allotment garden program utilizing City of Houston property. Urban Grows, part of the City of Houston’s Healthy Houston initiative, aims to help communities build vegetable gardens, farms and orchards on vacant land in areas with poor access to healthy fresh foods, often referred to as food deserts.
In addition to services including law enforcement, sanitation, and environmental protection, the City provides an important safety net for senior citizens and other vulnerable populations. Utility payment assistance and free or low cost pet adoption and spay/neuter programs are just a few examples of City programs that wouldn’t be possible without voluntary donations from customers, charities, and businesses.
Houston Gives is a guide to those entities that can accept donations on behalf of the city or collect funds, including nonprofit 501(c)(3) arms, entities that can accept non tax-deductible goods or services, and quasi-governmental entities including TIRZ and management districts that contribute financially to infrastructure improvements in a limited geographic area of the City.
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Mayor's Executive Staff
From left to right: Jessica Michan, Press Secretary; Janice Evans, Director of Communications/Policy; Andy Icken, Chief Development Officer; William Paul Thomas, Council Liaison; Kippy Caraway, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intergovernmental Affairs; Mayor Annise Parker; James Koski, Deputy Chief of Staff; Waynette Chan, Chief of Staff; Jenn Char, Director of Boards and Commissions; Madeleine Appel, Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration; Dave Feldman, City Attorney; Keith Wade, Senior Assistant to the Mayor; Brenda Murphy, Mayor’s Executive Assistant; Kelly Dowe; Director of Finance; Marta Crinejo, Agenda Director.
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Mayor Parker and her family
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Press Conference Audio
Mayor Parker holds a weekly press conference every Wednesday after City Council meetings. Files are .wma format unless otherwise noted.
To watch past press conferences and other HTV recordings, go to http://houstontx.city.swagit.com/. Below are links to audio only from the press conferences.
- Green Commitment Speech in South Africa
- January 15, 2014
- January 8, 2014
- January 2, 2014
- December 18, 2013
- December 11, 2013
- November 27, 2013 (Human Trafficking)
- November 22, 2013 (Payday Lending)
- November 13, 2013
- November 6, 2013
- October 16, 2013
- October 9, 2013 (.wav)