Mayor's Office

Mayor Parker


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.

Fiscal Responsibility Web Page


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.


2014 State of the City Speech


Mayor Annise D. Parker
April 3, 2014

Good afternoon.  You know I can’t start without saying how much I love this city!  I know you love it, too.  Together we are building a bright future for Houston.


Obviously, it is easier to stand before you this year than it was four years ago.  We have come so far from that first tough term in office when Houston and the rest of the nation were in the midst of the economic downturn.  2010 seems like a lifetime ago, and yet just yesterday.  So much has been accomplished.  Each day we strive to be the best Houston we can be.  Our rankings prove this again this year.  We are one of the best cities in which to find a job.  We are the “Most Walkable City” among the state’s largest cities.  We are a top city for global trade. We have the “Best Domestic Airport.”  One ranking even has us as the “Best City in America” ...


2014 Inauguration Speech


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 ...


Press Releases

To access the City of Houston Newsroom, go to The full list of press releases and Mayor Parker’s media contacts are available at

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery




Mayor Annise Parker welcomed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to Houston and gave her a tour of the Buffalo Bayou Park construction project, and highlighted Bayou Greenways 2020.  The Mayor serves on the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and is working with the Administrator and others on actions to increase resiliency in cities.

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Houston Gives: A Guide to Donating to the City of Houston


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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Contact The Mayor


Mayor Annise D. Parker
City of Houston
P.O. Box 1562 Houston, TX 77251
Phone: 3-1-1, or 713.837.0311
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Mayor's Executive Staff

Mayor's Executive Staff


Janice Evans, Chief Policy Officer; Darian Ward, Press Secretary;
Christopher Newport, Chief of Staff; Kelly Dowe, Chief Business Officer; Harry Hayes, Chief Operating Officer; Veronica Weatherspoon, Director of Correspondence & Constituent Services; Kippy Caraway, Deputy Chief of Staff; James Koski, Deputy Chief of Staff; Andy Icken, Chief Development Officer; Marta Crinejo, Agenda Director; William Paul Thomas, Council Liaison; Keith Wade, Senior Assistant to the Mayor; Jenn Char, Director of Boards and Commissions; Dave Feldman, City Attorney; Brenda Murphy, Mayor’s Executive Assistant;
Mayor Parker


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About Mayor Parker

Mayor Parker and her family

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 Below are links to audio only from the press conferences.



audio archive

Mayoral History


Mayor History



Ceremonial Documents

Ph: 832.393.0802

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(Certificates, Letters and Proclamations)