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Frisco City Manager Finalists Named

May 10, 2022 ● By FriscoSTYLE

Four finalists have been named in Frisco’s search for its next city manager.


One of the finalists will replace outgoing Frisco City Manager George Purefoy, who is set to retire June 30 from the position that he has held since 1987.


Purefoy is the first and only city manager in Frisco’s history.


A national search for his replacement was conducted by Pennsylvania-based Affion Public and closed in March. It produced a candidate pool that included 55 applicants hailing from 17 states.  


The city is “committed to due diligence as we interview finalists for the first time,” Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said.


The finalists for the city manager position are Ron Patterson, Frisco’s current deputy city manager; Majed Al-Ghafry, assistant city manager for economic development and tourism, conventions and events for the City of Dallas; Tommy Gonzalez, current City of El Paso city manager; and Wesley Pierson, city manager for the Town of Addison.  


A tour of the city and interviews with Frisco City Council members are among the next steps for the finalists, who will also attend meet-and-greets with City of Frisco department directors as well as community stakeholders representing education, business and development, civic organizations and public-private partnerships, among others.


“We’ll be looking for a candidate who best aligns with our city’s culture, vision and priorities,” Cheney explained. “We want someone who can build upon our successes and enhance our strategy moving forward.”


Frisco was a much different place when Purefoy first joined the city more than 34 years ago. Its population then numbered around 5,000 residents. In the ensuing decades, it grew to around 215,000 people.


During his time as city manager, Purefoy was considered the lead architect on several public-private partnerships that brought such high-profile facilities as Rider’s Ballpark, Toyota Stadium, the Ford Center at The Star and the forthcoming PGA of America campus to Frisco. The city’s municipal center bears his name.