The Plano City Council
is the governing body of the City of Plano
Plano is a city in the state of Texas, located mostly within Collin County. The city's population was 259,841 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth-largest city in Texas and the 71st most populous city in the United States. Plano is located within the metropolitan area commonly referred to as...
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, United States
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. The Council operates using the council-manager government
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. They hold regular meetings at the Plano Municipal Building on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. During the month of July, the meeting dates are revised.
The Plano City Council is composed of eight members from four administrative districts. Each councilmember serves a three-year term, extended from two-years by the passing of a charter amendment in 2005. They are limited to being elected to three terms. The mayor, however, is elected to a three-year term with a three-term limit. All councilmembers are elected by popular vote of the entire city of Plano. Those running for Places 1 through 4 must reside in the district that corresponds to that place number. Places 5 through 8 do not have residency restrictions. Place 6 is always the mayor.
The Mayor receives a yearly stipend of $8,400, and each councilmember receives $6,000.
City Council members
- Mayor: Phil Dyer
- Mayor Pro Tem: Lee Dunlap
- Deputy Mayor Pro Tem: Pat Miner
(a) Mr. LaRosiliere and Lissa Smith are the City Council's minority members. Mr. LaRosiliere is the second-ever African-American member.
| Place|| Name|| Tenure Start
|| Pat Miner
|| Ben Harris
|| Andre Davidson
|| Lissa Smith(a)
|| Harry LaRosiliere(a)
|| Phil Dyer
|| Jean Callison
|| Lee Dunlap
Though councilmembers are officially nonpartisan, Mrs. Callison is Republican
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due to membership in certain organizations.
Standing Boards, Commissions, and Committees
Each year the City Council selects a certain number of citizen-applicants to serve on a board, commission, or committee, as themselves or a Plano representative. An applicant must have been a resident of Plano already for at least 12 months, and they may not be chosen to serve more than two terms on a board, commission, or committee.
The boards, commissions, and committees include:
- Animal Shelter Advisory Committee
- Board of Adjustment
- Building Standards Commission
- Community Relations Commission
- Cultural Affairs Commission
- Heritage Commission
- International Relations Advisory Commission
- Keep Plano Beautiful Commission
- Library Advisory Board
- Parks and Recreation Planning Board
- Planning and Zoning Commission
- Plano Housing Authority
- Plano Transition/Revitalization Commission
- Public Arts Committee
- Self Sufficiency Committee
- Senior Citizens Advisory Board
- Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone #1 Board
- Technology Commission
- Transportation Advisory Committee
Notable former Plano Councilmembers
- Ron Harris, four-term Collin County
As of the census of 2000, there were 491,675 people, 181,970 households, and 132,292 families residing in the county. The population density was 580 people per square mile . There were 194,892 housing units at an average density of 230 per square mile...
- Jerry Hoagland, six-term Collin County Commissioner
- Florence Shapiro
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, President Pro Tempore of the Texas State Senate