Mayor Johnny Isbell
Mayor Johnny Isbell was born in San Antonio and attended Lee College in
Baytown and the University of Houston, where he graduated with a Bachelor of
Science degree. He was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard in 1965
and the Air Force Reserve in 1968. He is married with three children and has
been a member of First United Methodist Church since 1962.
business background includes the founding of Apache Oil Company, Inc. in 1972,
of which he is still the president. He also is the president of Isbell Interest
Inc. as well as Isbell Equipment and is the Chairman of the Board of Texas
His public service includes City Council member from
1969-1977 and 1989-1993; he was Mayor Pro Tem 1976-1977. Isbell was mayor of
Pasadena from 1981-1985 and from 1993-2001 when he reached term limits. He was
returned to the mayor's office in January, 2008 for an unexpired term and
subsequently was re-elected to a full term in May, 2009. Among his service
affiliations are Honorary Life Director of the Pasadena Rodeo Association, a
member of the Houston Rodeo Association, past Pasadena-South Rotary Club
president, San Jacinto YMCA director, member Masonic Lodge #1295 and American
Legion Post #521. He was named the Neighborhood Network Mayor of the Century in
2000, Paul Harris Fellow award recipient, Outstanding Rotarian for 1999 and many
other distinctions for commitment to the community.
Mayor Isbell says the
key to successful city government begins with stability in the mayor’s office
through an experienced leader who can unite City Council to work together as a
team to meet Pasadena’s challenges. Among the areas he cites needing special
attention are street repairs and drainage issues, enhancing traffic management
as Pasadena grows, as well as the improvement of Pasadena's image through a
landscaping beautification initiative on major thoroughfares.
He says the
city must be innovative in adopting regulations that will insure a sound tax
base for the future as well as growing a city that our children and
grandchildren will be proud to call home. This includes a system of enforcement
that assures citizens that laws protecting the public are being uniformly
applied to all.
Isbell has called for an end to borrowing money to pay
for daily maintenance and operations expenses and says that Pasadena's stable
finances in today's economic climate is a direct result of policies which have
emphasized fiscal prudence in the past. He also believes a back-to-basics
approach that reduces bureaucracy and puts more workers on the street is a top
priority for repairing our deteriorating roadways and providing other services
that citizens have a right to expect.
Mayor Isbell emphasizes that we can
and must live within our means as a city and that we can afford needed
maintenance and new improvements but that we must be fiscally responsible in
providing those funds, even as we continue to make steady progress towards a
cleaner, safer and more prosperous community.
Mayor Isbell may be reached (713) 475-5501 or by email.