Paul E. Brandenburg, City Manager
Paul E. Brandenburg has been the City Manager for Georgetown since September of 2002. Brandenburg believes in the protection of the unique character of the community while trying to develop a diverse tax base for this flourishing community. He believes in quality development over quantity and the positive cultivation of Georgetown’s quality of life characteristics. His leadership skills coupled with an open and approachable style has allowed many partnerships to grow and for consensus-building to take place on a multitude of projects. Besides the very visible external projects of the City he has also been very active in the day to day operations of the City striving for organizational and operational efficiencies and strong customer service to our residents and businesses.
Commenting on the community, Brandenburg said that “this is an absolutely wonderful place to live, shop, work, play, and raise a family. The City of Georgetown is truly the gem of Central Texas. With all of the pressures of growth and development, we are charged with the daunting task of preserving as well as creating a legacy for future generations to experience.”
Brandenburg was the Village Administrator for Germantown, Wisconsin for seven years before coming to Georgetown. Prior to that he was the Village Administrator of Waunakee, Wisconsin for three years and the Assistant City Administrator for Wauwatosa, Wisconsin for two years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and Government from Ripon College and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Brandenburg lives in Georgetown with his wife and their four children.
Jim Briggs, 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 has served as Deputy City Manager since August 2011, and in June 2012 was promoted to Assistant City Manager. She began her career in the City of Georgetown as a staff accountant and has more than 18 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 been awarded the certificates of achievement for popular reporting, budgeting and financial reporting through the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
Her energetic, collaborative management approach has been successful in various projects across City departments and divisions. 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/Community Development Block Grants, Parks and Recreation, Library, and the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. Laurie feels privileged to work in a vibrant, unique community that has done an outstanding job of preserving the downtown during periods of explosive growth. Laurie also serves on the Williamson County United Way Board of Directors.