Presented by: City of Irving

Irving City Council has approved a contract with Chris Hillman to serve as the next city manager. Prior to accepting Irving’s top administrative post, Hillman served as city manager for Surprise, Arizona — a position he held for three years. With a population of 121,600, the Phoenix suburb of Surprise ranks as the state’s 10th largest suburban city.

When Hillman accepted the city manager post in Surprise, the city was facing several operational challenges including a budget crisis. During his tenure at Surprise, Hillman increased reserves from $500,000 to $4.7 million within a year’s time. Within three years, Hillman and staff restored the city to fiscal health with more than $29 million in reserve.

Ahead of extending Hillman an offer, several Irving City Council members visited Surprise where they spoke with staff, leaders and residents. Hillman’s reputation was solid, and all spoke well of the job he had done.

Hillman’s experience in public administration is extensive. Prior to working in Surprise, he was city manager for five years in Clearfield, Utah, and Hillman also has held various roles in other municipalities within that state. Given his strong background in financial management coupled with demonstrated ability in other cities to foster teamwork and successfully manage large projects, city council members expect Hillman will be a great fit for Irving.

Hillman holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah), and he earned a master’s degree in public administration from the same institution. Hillman’s assignment at the City of Irving commences.

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