City Manager

Brian Winningham


Lieutenant Colonel Retired Brian Winningham enlisted in the US Army in 1989, following his enlisted service he graduated in May 1994 from Point Loma Nazarene University and San Diego State University ROTC. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy; later completing a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies at the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

During 28 years on active duty, he had multiple overseas tours in combat and various duty stations around the United States. He culminated his career serving as a US Army Battalion Commander, then working for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and finally as a Military Legislative Affairs Office in the Office of Republican Congressman Brian Mast.

Following military retirement, Brian served as Tribal Administrator of the Tule River Tribe of California, the second-largest Tribe in the State. Leading 26 Tribal Departments and 35 Director-level managers on behalf of the 9-member Tribal Council. He used his passion and skills as an organizational change leader and planner to create and rebuild a successful Tribal government, rebuilding the Tribal Police and Fire Departments, the Tribal Court System, Tribal Education System, and maintaining the 58,000-acre Tribal forestry department and the Tribal Administration.

For 30 years he has been married to the beautiful Miss Poppy Simmerman of Porterville, California, and they have four children: sons Kellen (27), Landon (25), and Donavan (9), and daughter Maren (23).

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The purpose of the Office of City Manager is to provide plans, controls, direction, and coordination to the activities and functions of all City departments, resources, personnel, and capital projects of the City.

  • The City Manager exercises leadership in maintaining effective communication between the City Council, City employees, and the citizens of Mont Belvieu. As the City's Chief Executive Officer, the City Manager helps develop the City's mission, implements policies, and oversees legislative processes.
  • The City Manager also formulates, reviews, and submits the annual budget to the City Council for adoption. This office helps to preserve and enhance the quality of life for the Citizens of Mont Belvieu.
  • The City Manager also performs other duties as assigned by the City Council.