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Posted on: January 7, 2022

Frisco City Manager announces retirement date; City Council supports contract with exec. search firm

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(January 7, 2022) The City of Frisco’s first and only city manager, for more than 34 years, has announced his retirement date. George Purefoy says his last day on the job will be June 30, 2022.  In an email sent this week to all city employees, Purefoy noted:  

 ‘…the only reason for my retiring is that since I will be 70 this June, I need to take some time to do some of the big items that Debra (Purefoy’s wife) wants to do while we are both still physically able to do so.”  

The Frisco City Council supported staff’s recommendation to hire Pennsylvania-based Affion Public to conduct a nationwide search for Purefoy’s replacement.  

“Frisco is the city it is today because of the vision and leadership of George Purefoy,” said Mayor Jeff Cheney. “For more than 34 years, George has collaborated with city councils and guided our staffs to shape our growth. He started with a community of about 5,000 and helped transform it into one of the fastest growing cities in America for two consecutive decades.”  

Purefoy’s first day as Frisco’s city manager was November 1, 1987. Back then, the City of Frisco employed about 50 and the population was about 5,000.  Today, Frisco has more than 1,300 employees and its population has grown to about 215,000.  Under his leadership, Frisco opened Stonebriar Center, the city’s ‘first economic engine’. Purefoy is considered the lead architect of the city’s public-private partnerships resulting in development of Rider’s Ballpark, Comerica Center, Toyota Stadium and the Ford Center at The Star. But if you ask Purefoy, he would say helping Frisco become a member city in the North Texas Municipal Water District makes him the proudest.  

“All of the accolades Frisco has received are due to the combined effort of our elected leadership and us (all of you),” noted Purefoy. “While there is the temptation to stay a few more years and be here for the opening of the PGA Headquarters, the new Omni, the tournaments lined up for PGA Frisco, the Fields development, getting Exide cleaned up and Grand Park construction started, and on and on, I realized that a new city manager coming in now would be great timing for the handoff to new leadership from the City Manager’s office to bridge the current to the future Frisco.” 

The executive search firm anticipates posting the position sometime in February and finishing finalist interviews by the end of May.  A hire date is yet to be determined.   

“We’ll be sad to see George go,” said Mayor Cheney.  “And we’ll miss his wisdom when it comes to deal making and crafting public-private partnerships.  It’s no understatement.  This is the city George built. But despite our fast growth, Frisco planning has always prioritized families first. We understand it’s time for George to spend more time with his family.”      

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