Jim Briggs, Interim City Manager / General Manager of Utilities
Jim started with the City in 1986 as the Public Works Staff Engineer. He later served as the City’s Director of Community Owned Utilities until 2000 when he was promoted to the position of ACM/Utility Operations. Responsible for the strategic planning for the utility, Jim has guided the utility through years of high growth as well as times of economic recession; each economic period with its own complexities and challenges.
Throughout his career, Jim has served as a representative to state and regional utility planning boards, professional and trade associations.
Jim is a graduate of Texas A&M University, with a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Agricultural Engineering in Mechanized Systems. Working for the City of Bryan Engineering Department while attending Texas A&M University, Jim acquired a solid background in issues related to the municipal utility field. After graduation, Jim spent time in the commercial construction industry in Houston before coming to Central Texas. Jim has earned his certification as a Certified Water Operator and Public Power Executive from the American Public Power Association. Jim serves currently as a board member and past President of the Texas Public Power Association and the Association of Wholesale Customers of the Lower Colorado River Authority. He also serves as Treasurer to Public Power Incorporated (Hometown Connections), a for profit affiliate of American Public Power Association.
Spending time on volunteer efforts, Jim serves on the Board of Directors of Georgetown’s Community Spotlight. He has served as Treasurer of Williamson County Emergency Services District #8 and with numerous other local service organizations. Jim and his family are members of the First Presbyterian Church Georgetown
Laurie Brewer, Assistant City Manager
Laurie Brewer began her career in the City of Georgetown as a staff accountant and has more than 21 years of governmental finance experience both in Georgetown and in Hutto, where she served as Director of Finance from 2006-2009. She has been involved in numerous development agreements, business process improvement analysis, and construction projects and has led departments to be awarded the certificates of achievement for popular reporting, budgeting and financial reporting through the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
Laurie is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master of Public Administration degree. Laurie is a Certified Government Finance Officer through the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas (GFOAT). She has served as region director for GFOAT and has been active in both the state GFOAT and the national GFOA. She is currently serving on the Committee on Economic Development and Capital Planning for GFOA. She is also active in the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) and the International City Management Association (ICMA). She has been a speaker at various professional conferences, including through the GFOAT, GFOA and ICMA. She has also served on the Williamson County United Way Board of Directors.
As Assistant City Manager, Laurie is responsible for the direct oversight of the Downtown and Community Services Division, which includes implementation of the Downtown Masterplan, Main Street, Historic Planning, Housing, Parks and Recreation, Library, Public Communication and the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. This division is very proud to be included in the City’s strategic plan to ensure Georgetown continues to be a “signature destination” for its citizens and visitors.