About Our Mayor

Harold Chandler began his career at L-3 Technologies in 1976 for the Manufacturing organization. He was promoted over the years and worked in the Quality Department, Facilities, the Materiel Organization, Procurement, and was eventually promoted to Director – Contractor Logistics Operations, overseeing both domestic and international operations in support of company and military assets. He managed 150+ employees and $300M in Operations budgets. Harold’s expertise is in business operations, budget management and oversight, and regulatory compliance.

Harold holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from East Texas State University and is a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager through the Institute of Supply Management. He also holds a Real Property Management Certification through the Building Owners & Management Institution.

Letter from the Mayor

As I take office as the Mayor of East Tawakoni, I would like to share with you some of my thoughts and observations.

As a resident of East Tawakoni for 17 years, I have had the opportunity to meet many of our citizens and am proud to be part of a community that is committed to not only supporting our town, but supporting each other. It goes without saying that we have our differences, but through respect for each other’s opinions, it makes us stronger.

Our city is growing and will continue to grow. It is important that we prepare for this through infrastructure – both new and improvements, and ensuring adequate staffing of our City Departments as we grow. We live in a very desirable area of Lake Tawakoni, and it will attract people wanting to move from larger area cities. With the right planning and marketing, we have an excellent opportunity. I will be working with EDC/Tourism and Planning & Zoning committees, as well as the City Council, to initiate actions to support these initiatives.

I received an incredible amount of feedback while campaigning and am mapping out priorities based on citizens comments. I encourage your continued input through City Council Meetings. More widespread communication was a common thread and we will begin reviewing options for more robust communications to our citizens. Mayor LaPrade recently initiated alerts through a social media network, and this has been well-received by our citizens. We will continue to look at other communication tools as well to keep our residents informed.

Over the next 2 years, I look forward to working with our citizens, the City Departments, City Council, and all of the committees who are working to support East Tawakoni. The councils and committees are fully staffed and there are some great initiatives being discussed. I will also be reaching out to other municipalities within Rains County and adjoining counties to strengthen bonds and review opportunities for synergy and collaboration across common interests, particularly infrastructure improvements such as road repairs, etc. This approach will allow stronger negotiations with fully vetted suppliers and subcontractors which can result in improved services and reduced costs.

It is a privilege to serve East Tawakoni as Mayor and I am committed to representing you. Thank you for putting your trust in me. Together we can do great things for our community.


Harold Chandler

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