Congratulations to David Orr, our new Texarkana Texas City Manager. David has been with the City since 2009. David has been our acting City Manager since Ms. Shirley retired earlier this year.
In a unanimous decision at the regular scheduled City Council meeting on Monday, October 25, 2021, the council hired David Orr, PhD as the City Manager of Texarkana, Texas.
Most recently, Orr had served as Interim City Manager since April 2021 after the
retirement of City Manager Shirley Jaster. Before that, Orr served as Assistant
City Manager and Director of the City’s Planning and Community Development
Orr’s career with the city began in 2009 as an Administrative Programs Manager.
He holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Public Administration from the
University of Arkansas and a Doctorate Degree in Higher Education
Administration from Stellenbosch University.
Orr is actively involved in the community in various roles, including serving as
Chairperson of the Texarkana Arts & Historic District, and teaching adjunct at
Texas A&M University- Texarkana since 2009. He is a member of the Wilbur
Smith Rotary Club, a founding member and board member of For the Sake of
One, aboard member of both the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra and the
Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, and is a member of Beech
Street Baptist Church. His other commitments include coaching flag football,
leading scouts, and managing a Rotary Club flag route.
David’s family includes wife Laura, a son and two daughters.
For more information, contact Lisa Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or