City of Pampa
"We are committed to being the most livable City in the Panhandle by providing quality products and services"
Profile of the City
The City of Pampa's charter was approved by the voters in 1927. Located in the Panhandle of Texas in Gray County, the City of Pampa currently occupies a land area of 9 square miles and serves a population of approximately 18,275. The City of Pampa is empowered to levy a property tax on both real and personal properties located within its boundaries. It also is empowered by state statute to extend its corporate limits by annexation, which occurs periodically when deemed appropriate by the governing council.
The City of Pampa operates under the commission-manager form of government. Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in a governing council consisting of the mayor and four commissioners. The governing body is responsible, among other things, for passing ordinances, adopting the budget, appointing committees and hiring both the government's manager and attorney, Teh government's manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the governing body, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the government, and for appointing the heads of the various departments. The council is elected on a non-partisan basis. Commission members serve four-year staggered terms, with two commissioners elected every four years. The mayor is also elected to serve a four-year term. The mayor and the commission members are elected at large.
The City of Pampa provides a full range of services, including police and fire protection; the construction and maintenance of streets and other infrastructure; and recreational activities and cultural events.
The annual budget serves as the foundation for the City of Pampa;s financial planning and control. All departments of the City of Pampa are required to submit requests for appropriation to the government's manager. The government's manager uses these requests as the starting point for developing a proposed budget. The government's manager then presents this proposed budget to the council for review. The council is required to hold public hearings on the proposed budget and to adopt a final budget by no later than September 30, the close of the City of Pampa's fiscal year. The appropriated budget is prepared by fund and department (e.g., police). Department heads may make transfers of appropriations within a department. Transfers of appropriations between funds, however, require the special approval of the governing council.
The City of Pampa has a diverse industrial base. The industries in the area include oil and gas production, various petroleum-based industries, cattle, and grain production. There are specialized chemical and carbon black plants as well as a carbon black research and development facility. The Pampa EDC owns and operates an industrial facility outside the city limits providing plant operation facilities, rail services, and warehousing space. There is also a state prison located one and one-half miles east of th City. The total labor force in Gray County is 11, 974. The unemployment rate was 4.1% in January 2014 and 2.8% in January of 2015.
We will invest in our workforce by:
- Facilitating educational growth
- Involving employees in decisions
- Maintaining competitiveness in wages and benefits
- Providing training that exceeds job demands
- Providing opportunities for career growth through cross-training
- Recognizing the value of our human resources
We will honor the public trust through:
- A workforce selected with care, treated with respect, rewarded for performance
- Responsible use of public resources
- Open, honest communication
- Demonstrating respect for the dignity of our customers
- Consistent delivery of services and enforcement of rules and regulations throughout the community
- Expecting and requiring our employees and officers to operate under the highest ethical standards
We will focus on customer service by:
- Supporting the City Commission's priorities
- Fostering a corporate culture that places customer service at the center of each decision
- Empowering all employees to meet customer service needs at the lowest level possible, with freedom to adapt to meet those needs within their given authority
- Viewing change as a growth opportunity
- Developing policies, strategies and processes to meet customer needs, including all employees in designing processes
- Identifying customer service needs, from customers' perspective, on a continuous basis, and getting accurate feedback as to whether we are meeting their needs
- Cutting red tape
- Improving public awareness of City services
We will live within our means by:
- Scrutinizing purchases for fair price and usefulness
- Operating within budgetary limits and adhering to financial policies
- Planning capital purchases to avoid debt
- Emphasizing preventative maintenance
- Focusing on continuous improvement of quality, productivity and efficiency
- Seeking new sources of funding
- Being open to innovative cost saving processes, such as joint ventures and community partnerships
Adopted by Resolution April 22, 1997
Pampa City Commission