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Clay Phillips Biography

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Clay Phillips, city manager​​​​


Mr. Clay Phillips serves as the City Manager for the City of Coppell.  Prior to his appointment as City Manager, Mr. Phillips served the City of Coppell in several capacities, first as Fire Chief beginning in December 1991, and in the dual capacities of Assistant City Manager and Fire Chief from the fall of 1993 until his appointment as Deputy City Manager in 1996 where he served until his appointment as City Manager in 2008.  Mr. Phillips began his public service career with the Town of Addison in 1981 working as a firefighter/paramedic. He left Addison after obtaining the rank of Deputy Fire Chief to assume the position of Fire Chief for the City of Coppell.
Mr. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Emergency Administration and Planning and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of North Texas where he was selected as the 2011 MPA alumnus of the year. He completed the program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and received the Executive Fire Officer diploma from the United States Fire Administration. In May of 2002, Mr. Phillips was among the first group of public managers to receive the ICMA Credentialed Manager designation from the International City Managers Association.
Mr. Phillips serves in several regional capacities.  He served a two year term as the President of the North Central Texas City Manager’s Association where he continues to serve as the Immediate Past President.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the North Texas Commission, an organization comprised of private sector, non-profit, and governmental agencies dedicated to advancing the North Texas region. 
Mr. Phillips is a lifetime resident of Coppell.  He is a 1978 graduate of Coppell High School where he received Valedictorian honors as well as being named the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus.  Mr. Phillips is an active member of the community. He has served on various local boards and participated in many activities including service on the initial Board of Directors of the Coppell Independent School District Education Foundation and the CISD Strategic Planning Initiative. He has been seen onstage in various community theater performances in Coppell as well as other musical venues. He is an active member of his church where he serves as an Elder and in the music ministry.  Mr. Phillips lives in Coppell with his wife, Terry. They have two adult children and one grandson, all who live close by.



​City Manager, City of Coppell
Deputy City Manager, City of Coppell
Assistant City Manage​r/Fire Chief, City of Coppell
Fire Chie​f, City of Coppell
Deputy Fire Chief, Town of Addison

Master of Public Administration, University of North Texas

​​Bachelor of Science, Emergency Administration and Planning, University of North Texas

Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government

Executive Fire Officer, United States Fire Administration

ICMA Credentialed Manager, International Association of City Manager