Shanna Sims-Bradis named deputy city manager

June 14, 2022

The Town of University Park is pleased to welcome Shanna Sims-Bradis to its leadership team. Shanna will take office as Deputy City Manager on July 5. Shanna’s selection follows an extensive local, regional survey and the national search for highly qualified candidates. She will fill the position left vacant by the retirement of Deputy General Manager Lea Dunn.

Deputy City Manager for the Town of Richardson since 2012, Shanna oversees seven city departments: Health/Animal Services, Budget, Parks and Recreation, Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Community Services, Human Resources and Library.

With over 27 years of experience in local government, Shanna’s commitment to public service includes similar roles with the City of Farmers Branch, City of Addison and City of Carrollton, following early-stage assignments. career for the city of Lexington, Massachusetts and the city of Lawrence, Kansas. Adept at strategic planning and financial analysis, Shanna is also adept at working with cross-departmental teams, neighborhood groups, civic organizations and arts councils to develop programs and initiatives that benefit everyone.

In making the announcement, City Manager Robbie Corder said, “I am delighted to have an experienced professional with Shanna’s qualifications and knowledge join our organization. Residents and colleagues will find her approachable and dedicated to serving others and improving University Park. He continued: “This is a critical position for us, and I am confident that Shanna will improve the performance and service of the organization.”

“I am honored and excited to join the University Park team,” said Shanna in accepting the position. “The city has a reputation for providing high quality services to its residents. I look forward to working with staff and the community on a full range of tasks and projects.

Shanna graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas (Buford Watson Scholar) in 1997, and in 1995 received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri (Honours degree).

A member and accredited manager of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Shanna completed the ICMA Emerging Leader Graduate program in 2008 and is a member of the ICMA Awards Evaluation Committee. She is also a graduate of Leadership Metrocrest (1999) and Leadership Richardson Class XXIX. Shanna’s civic engagement includes membership and leadership roles with chambers of commerce, PEOs and Rotary Club chapters, local PTA groups, and local adult literacy organizations.

Shanna replaces Deputy City Manager Lea Dunn, who is retiring June 30. Lea’s 40-year career in local government began in Garland and includes senior positions in Bellaire and Addison. Lea’s tenure with the City of University Park began in 2016 as Director of Organizational Development. She has held her current position since 2018.

During her six years with the City, Lea worked closely with various residents’ committees on a variety of issues related to long-term financial management, risk management and insurance. Thanks in large part to his efforts, our human resources department now has succession plans for each operational department. Lea’s ability to shape and develop policies that have lasting impact has also placed her at the center of work on our Centennial Master Plan, library governance and information technology planning.

Commenting on Lea’s service to our organization and the community, City Manager Robbie Corder said, “Lea’s innovative nature and dedication to public service inspires everyone in the field of municipal management. Lea leaves University Park better than she found it, which underscores her commitment to her professional and servant leadership. I am truly grateful that Lea chose to work and live in University Park.“


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