Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is three years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationContact City Secretary
susana.marin@mansfieldtexas.gov
817-276-4206

Who’s Running?

Eddie Allen ChatmanEmail: chatmaneddie@gmail.com
Mike Leyman (incumbent)Website: http://www.mikeleyman.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/MikeLeymanTX
Email: m.d.leyman@gmail.com
Phone: 214-808-6179
George FassettEmail: george@mansfieldgeorge.com

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Eddie Allen Chatman
Mike Leyman
I have over 40 years of Police service as a "street" officer and detective, for the city of Arlington from 1969 until 1979. Was Chief of Police for the City of Mansfield from 1979 until 1986. Was a Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Richardson from 1986 until retiring from Municipal Police service in 2002. In 2005 until 2013 was the Chief of Police for the Mansfield ISD.
Was a city councilman (and twice elected by my council peers to be Mayor Pro Tem) for the city of Mansfield from 2008 until 2011. Was again elected to the Mansfield City Council in 2019 and am currently running for re-election for the same Council position, Place 3.
I strongly believe my experience as a Department Head in city government and my experience on city council makes me uniquely qualified as a city council member.
George Fassett
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT/AREA AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Eddie Allen Chatman
Mike Leyman
Our current needs is keeping pace with our explosive growth with city services and infrastructure. We try very hard to provide the highest level of city services at the lowest possible cost to our taxpayers. In the current budget year we were able to reduce the tax rate from 71 cents to 69 cents. This reduced our General Fund budget approximately $1,715,000 AND we implemented a 10% Homestead Exemption for all homeowners. The average home value in Mansfield is approximately $244,000. The exemption reduced the average home tax value by approximately $24,000. Bottom line, we reduced both the tax rate and tax value of homes in our city in this budget year.
Our priorities are to continue with responsible growth with the highest level of customer services
George Fassett
3. THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED THE CITY’S BUDGET AND SERVICES, AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU GRADE YOUR CITY’S RESPONSE AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?
Eddie Allen Chatman
Mike Leyman
I would give our city an "A" for the handling of these most difficult times in dealing with the pandemic and the ice storm we recently experienced. Citywide we did not lose water service except by the freezing of water lines within homes and businesses. The city's lines continued to deliver water to all our homes and businesses with no need to "boil water". We set up "safe places" for people forced from their homes due to no electricity. We have been doing debriefings to assess what can be done better during any future event of this nature (God forbid). Our water crews worked 24 hours a day for 6 straight days handling 3 to 5 water breaks an hour; with only minor loss of service delivery. Looking back, yes, some things could have been handled better, but under the circumstances I believe a grade of "A" is well deserved for our entire city staff.
George Fassett
4. HOW SHOULD THE CITY ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHAT ROLE SHOULD CITY GOVERNMENT PLAY IN RESPONDING TO PANDEMIC-RELATED EVICTIONS?
Eddie Allen Chatman
Mike Leyman
The city council should take the lead in providing adequate housing for all income levels of our citizens. City government should participate with programs like "Habitat for Humanity", and stay focused in planning and zoning matters to assure adequate housing for all our citizens.
Concerning pandemic-related evictions I believe there needs to be temporary government relief for both the property owners and the citizens trying to make ends meet. Our city council allowed reductions and temporary forgiveness on payment of water bills during the ice storm.
George Fassett
5. HOW TO BEST ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BALANCING THE FUNDING AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOTH POLICE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES?
Eddie Allen Chatman
Mike Leyman
Crime rates and response to calls for service by police should be the primary guideline concerning the policing of a community. Police departments need to develop or enhance Community Relations and require ALL officers of the department to build positive relationships within the communities they serve.
George Fassett
6. IN THE LAST TERM, WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE? WHY? HOW DID OR WOULD YOU HAVE VOTED ON THE ISSUE AND WHY?
Eddie Allen Chatman
Mike Leyman
I am unclear on what this question is referring to. What "last term"? "What was the most important vote?" (on what issue(s)?) "How would you have voted on the issue and why"? I'm not clear on what the issue is.
Sorry and thank you
George Fassett
7. DO YOU THINK IT IS EVER APPROPRIATE FOR STATE LAWS TO OVERRIDE LOCAL CONTROL OF ISSUES THAT AFFECT THE CITY? IF SO, PLEASE PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE.
Eddie Allen Chatman
Mike Leyman
Yes. An example would be the wearing of masks and limited seating in public restaurants and other places people gather outside the home. The issue should only be decided by the science at the time.
George Fassett
8. THE RECENT “BIG FREEZE” CAUSED MANY RESIDENTS TO GO WITHOUT POWER OR WATER FOR HOURS OR EVEN DAYS. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CITY’S RESPONSE? HOW WOULD YOU WORK TO IMPROVE ELECTRIC/GAS/WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN?
Eddie Allen Chatman
Mike Leyman
I think I covered this in depth in my answer to question #3. I think there is much more work needed and required by our State Legislators to require service providers to maintain a high level of maintenance of all methods of delivery of service relating to electric, gas and water.
Ercot should be abolished and more local and State control given and provided to make certain Texas is NEVER unprepared in the future.
George Fassett
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Eddie Allen Chatman
Mike Leyman
Nothing that I can think of.
George Fassett