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City of Fort Worth Manager pay exceeds $361,527, and he is working on two enormous projects

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The City of Fort Worth City Manager David Craig Cooke’s annual pay broke $361,527 this fiscal year, according to city documents obtained by

That means he makes nearly $173 an hour, and he is out-earning his Austin and Arlington counterparts, an analysis shows.

Cooke earned his undergraduate degree and master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation, he worked in various cities in Charlotte before becoming Deputy County Manager for Wake County, North Carolina, from 1996 to 2000. In 2000, he became the County manager for the same county.

Following a national search on June 30, 2014, David Cooke became Fort Worth’s city manager.

In his current capacity as City manager for the City of Fort Worth, he is responsible for implementing the Mayor and City council policies and overseeing the $1.6 billion city government enterprise with approximately 6,600 employees.

According to the City of Fort Worth website, Cooke has four goals:

  1. Exceptional customer service
  2. Maintaining a long-term perspective
  3. Stressing partnerships to provide services and solve complex public policy problems
  4. Planning and implementing the infrastructure needs of a growing city

He is working on two big projects.

Cooke is a member of the International City Management Association. An organization is the world’s leading association of professional city and county managers and other employees who serve local governments.

Cooke is working on two massive projects, a $500 million bond to finance infrastructure projects. The second is redistricting to redraw their election boundaries, which will result in two new council districts.

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