City of Clyde, Texas
 | PO Box 1155, 222 Oak Street | Clyde, Texas 79510
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City of Clyde
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Mayor & City Council

The City of Clyde operates under the council-administrator form of government in which the City Council is responsible for all City policy and the City Administrator is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City. The City Administrator is appointed by the City Council and serves at their pleasure. The City Council is composed of six members. Five council members and the mayor are all elected at-large on a nonpartisan basis to serve overlapping two-year terms. The mayor is elected to serve a two-year term as presiding officer at City Council meetings, votes in the case of ties and serves as the official head of the City for legislative and ceremonial purposes.

The City Council is the City's legislative and policy-making body. The City Council is responsible for passing ordinances and resolutions necessary for governing the City, as well as for setting the direction of City policy. The City Administrator is responsible for the overall administration of the City. This responsibility includes implementation of the City Council's goals and strategies. The City Administrator, with the help of the staff, provides the City Council with the information needed to fulfill its legislative role.

Council meetings are held on the  2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
at City Hall, 222 Oak Street, Clyde, TX 79510.

The Council welcomes and appreciates your attendance and participation in continuing to make Clyde a great community.

Current Council Members

 
Mayor Matthew Howard
Mayor Pro Tem  Stephen Kniffen
Council Member Anita Chapman
Council Member JW Schlee
Council Member Larry Smedley
Council Member Richard Sheffield
City Attorney Lois A. Rockefeller

 

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City Hall is wheelchair accessible and an accessible parking space is available.

Mayor Matthew Howard

Matthew Howard is a local businessman and the son of Monty and Debbie Howard, owners of Bailey-Howard Funeral Home here in Clyde.   He is also a graduate of Clyde High School and received a degree in History from Tarleton State University before starting his first business in Austin, Texas.

After marrying his wife, Carley, they and their daughter, Kerrigan moved back to Clyde to be closer to family and friends and enjoy the benefits of their community.  Choosing Clyde as their home has proven to be one of the greatest joys of their lives.  They are all very excited to be a part of Clyde and look forward to serving their neighbors and friends. This is Mr. Howard’s first term as Mayor of Clyde.
 


Mayor Pro-tem Stephen Kniffen

I was born in Littlefield, Texas, in 1951.  My family lived in Snyder, Childress, and Abilene before moving south of Clyde in 1960.  I graduated from Clyde High School in 1969, the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1973.  I later earned a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University in 1978 and a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2006.

I spent over 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.  I was stationed in Texas, Louisiana, Germany, Italy, Nevada, South Carolina, Korea, Virginia, and Montana.  I was privileged to serve as a fighter pilot, instructor pilot, staff officer, accident investigator, and advisor.  I retired from the Air Force in 1994.

I moved back to Clyde from Montana in 2000 to be near my parents, Mack and Annie Lee Kniffen.  I have a lot of family in the Clyde area.  I came to Clyde because of family ties and stayed because of the people and the quality of life.

I am a past president of the Clyde Chamber of Commerce.

I was elected to Council in 2012.  I decided to run because I felt like I could serve my community and contribute to the growth of Clyde.  I view public service as a sacred trust.

My vision for Clyde’s future is that it continues to grow in population and businesses at a sustained rate that provides opportunities for our young people to stay here, earn a living, and raise a family.  I want to make sure that as we grow, we maintain the family values that make Clyde such a wonderful place to live.  I want to make sure we maintain fiscal responsibility and make Clyde an affordable place to live.
 

Council Member Anita Chapman

Anita Chapman was born in Fort Knox, KY and graduated from Eisenhower High School in Lawton, OK in 1967. Anita is the oldest of nine children from a military family. She married Roy Chapman in 1969 in Abilene, TX. They made the move to Clyde in 1978 to raise their daughter away from the big city. She is, also, the proud Nana of 4 beautiful grandchildren.

Anita spent 26+ years working for the City of Abilene in Municipal Court and was the Assistant Court Clerk upon retirement. She then went to work for Tyler Technologies/InCode division. She is currently with MVBA Law Firm as one of their Client Service Coordinator, where she assists clients in municipal and county collections.

This is her first term on Clyde City Council. Anita has served on many committees at the First United Methodist Church of Clyde, where she has attended church for the past 30 years.

The people of Clyde have surrounded her with love in the last few years after losing her husband. She wants to give back in this capacity to help bring a voice to citizens of Clyde. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue making Clyde a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

 

Council Member J.W. Schlee

My name is J.W. Schlee and I have served on the city council for 3 years. I grew up in Priddy, Texas. I graduated from Tarleton State University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education.  I taught Agriculture Science for 33 years in public schools.  My wife, Jan Schlee and I moved to Clyde in May of 2007.  Currently I am serving in my second term as City Councilman. I also serve on the Economic Development Corporation Board.

 

Council Member Larry Smedley

I graduated from Big Spring High & Southwest Texas State University.  My wife, Jan Smedley, and I have been married for 41 yrs. We have one daughter and son and 3 granddaughters. In the past I worked for 2 furniture manufacturing companies, I was a high school teacher for 8 years, and I owned and operated 2 successful businesses. I also worked for Northrop Grumman Corp. for 30 years and was over 4 Divisions of Business Mgt personnel.  While there I managed Training for the Dept., Processes & Procedures, and interface with the Government (DCAA). I retired in 2007 and moved to Clyde where I serve in several areas including community organizations as well as serving on the Economic Development Corporation Board. This is my first term as councilman. I decided to run for Council because I wanted to improve communications with the citizens of Clyde, to ensure each employee of the City of Clyde has a job description and annual evaluation, and to make raises based on performance. Further, I wanted to track the progress of the water pipeline to make sure it is built on schedule and cost. I see Clyde getting to an improved financial condition & improved bond rating and I believe we can improve the appearance of Clyde by demolishing abandoned buildings and strong enforcement of city codes.  I believe we can attract businesses and people to relocate in Clyde. I am honored to serve our town and its citizens.

 

Council Member Richard Sheffield

Richard Sheffield is a 1988 graduate of Clyde High School and relocated back to Clyde with his family in 1982 from Lubbock. He graduated from Sul Ross State University with a BBA in 1992. Richard worked in family business until 2001, became the owner or Titan Steel 2001-2006, and then became the owner of Big Country Steel 2006-2008. In 2008 he sold Big Country Steel to American Metals. Richard then attended TSTC and studied Environmental Science 2009. Afterwards he went to work for the City of Clyde in 2009 as Assistant to City Administrator and then transitioned to Director of Public Works from 2010-2014.  Richard is currently the owner of Big Country Steel Systems, LLC and is a founding member of Men of Clyde, a civic organization in Clyde, and has served on the Clyde Festivities Committee since 2010. Richard and his wife Athena have 3 children and 1 grandson. This is Mr. Sheffield’s first term as councilman. He ran for council to give a voice to the silent majority and desires to see Clyde have a strong infrastructure and improve economic development.

 

Alerts and Notices

Water Pipeline Update

Environmental Assessment and Archeological Study approved with a Finding of No Significant Impact. Targeting funding approval by December 31, 2016.

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