Tom Hart has served as Grand Prairie City Manager since 1999. Prior to that, Hart was Assistant City Manager and later City Manager in Euless for 16 years. He was one of the youngest city managers in the history of Texas when he served as City Manager in The Colony from 1978-1981. Known for his attention to world class customer service and innovative management style, Hart created the city’s popular and successful mission to "create Raving Fans by delivering World Class Service."
During his tenure as Grand Prairie’s City Manager, he has overseen the reconstruction of the historic Uptown Theater and construction of QuikTrip Ballpark, Verizon Theatre, the Ruthe Jackson Center and Gardens, Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens, Tony Shotwell Life Center, Prairie Paws Adoption Center, the Splash Factory, Alliance Skate Park, the Public Safety Training Center, Municipal Court House, the Public Safety Building, and Active Adult Center.
Hart serves on the Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation and was named Zeus Man of the Year by the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce in 2009. Hart was honored in the 2009 Grand Prairie Rotary Club Golf Tournament for his significant contributions to the Grand Prairie community. Hart was instrumental in founding Grand Prairie’s Rotary Club Golf Tournament in 2001, which has provided more than $1 million in dental services to Grand Prairie children.
His professional awards also include:
- Two Joy Samson Mentoring Awards from the Urban Management Association of North Texas
- Texas City Management Association Mentoring Award
- International City/County Management Association Award for Career Development – The Cookingham Award
- International City/County Management Association In-Service Training Award – The Clarence E. Ridley Award
- Hurst-Euless-Bedford Rotarian of Year
- Northeast Leadership Award – North Region
- Past President North Texas City Management Association
He and his wife, Susan, have two sons, Austen and Travis.