Frisco’s very first city manager will retire on June 30.
City manager George Purefoy told city workers this week that his 34-year career with the city will end when he turns 70 in June.
“I have to take the time to do some of the big jobs that Debra (Purefoy’s wife) wants to do while we’re both still physically able to do it,” he said.
According to a city press release, Frisco city council has approved Affron Public to conduct a nationwide search for Purefoy’s replacement.
“Frisco is the city it is today thanks to the vision and leadership of George Purefoy,” Mayor Jeff Cheney said in a written statement. “For over 34 years, George has worked with city councils and guided our staff to shape our growth. It started out with a community of around 5,000 people and helped transform it into one of America’s fastest growing cities for two consecutive decades.
The city announced in June 2021 that Purefoy would retire in a year. Purefoy began his role as city manager of Frisco in November 1987, when the town employed 50 people and had a population of around 5,000, according to the town.
The Stonebriar Center, Frisco’s “first economic engine”, opened under the leadership of Purefoyo.
Purefoy is seen as the “main architect” of the city’s public-private partnerships, which Cheney previously referred to as Frisco’s “secret formula”. Such partnerships have resulted in major developments in the city, including Rider’s Ballpark, Commercia Center, Toyota Stadium, and Ford Center at The Star.
“But if you ask Purefoy, he would say that helping Frisco become a member town of the North Texas Municipal Water District makes him the most proud,” said the Town of Frisco.
Affion Public will likely publish the chief executive officer position in February, the city said, with plans to complete interviews with the finalists by the end of May. A rental date has not been chosen.
“While there is the temptation to stay a few more years and be there for the opening of the PGA Headquarters, the new Omni, the tournaments planned for PGA Frisco, the development of Fields, the clean-up of Exide and the start of construction of Grand Park, and again and again I realized that a new city manager would arrive now would be a good time to transfer to new leadership from the city manager’s office to bridge the gap between the present and future Frisco, ”Purefoy said in his email to employees.