City Manager

New City Manager: Following an extensive national search, the Cleburne City Council has named a new city manager. Michael Marrero has been appointed for the City’s top leadership role after the retirement of the former city manager, Steve Polasek. Learn more.


The City of Cleburne operates under a “Council-Manager” system of government. In this model, the Mayor and City Council are responsible for all legislative functions of the City. They appoint a professional City Manager who operates much like a CEO in private-sector businesses and who is tasked with carrying out City Council’s legislative and policy objectives.

City Manager Responsibilities

  • Preparing the City budget for Council consideration and managing its passage
  • Managing a City staff of more than 300 individuals
  • Directing operations
  • Recommending policies and programs to City Council, and carrying out Council policies
  • Spearheading key initiatives

Meet City Manager Michael Marrero

Michael MarreroMichael Marrero became the city manager of Cleburne in January 2024 after an extensive nationwide search. He has almost three decades of municipal government experience, most recently as the city manager in Odessa, Texas.

The Texas native was born and raised in the West Texas city and served the City of Odessa in various positions since 1994. 

As the Director of the Community Development and Neighborhood Development Services for the City of Odessa, Marrero and his staff were responsible for the administration and oversight of a variety of programs funded through grants and partnerships, including a variety of affordable housing assistance programs. Marrero later became Odessa’s deputy city manager with oversight of several city departments—including Public Works, Utilities, Community Development, Code Enforcement, Keep Odessa Beautiful, Municipal Court, Building Inspections and Planning and Zoning—before being named city manager in 2018.

Marrero holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas Permian Basin, and a Master of Public Administration from Sul Ross State University. He has received various awards and recognitions for his work in his prior community including 2010 Community Statesman Award in Government, 2021 Friends of the Arts Award – Municipal Leadership, Odessa LINKS Leadership Award and many others.

In addition, he has served in leadership positions on various non-profit organizations, served as Region 2 President of the Texas City Manager’s Association, and is a member of the International City Manager’s Association.