HOUSTON – He was the man who never took credit when things went well and the first to jump in when problems arose.
Houston City Clerk Bobby Sanderson retires after nine years as the city’s top administrator and problem solver and was honored with a reception at City Hall Friday afternoon.
“I can’t say I always liked the job, but the people I worked with were a lot of fun,” said Sanderson. “You never knew what would walk in the door any given day. Helping the people of Houston is what this job is all about.”
Place 1 Alderman Tony Uhiren and Place 2 Alderman Shenia K. Jones both said Sanderson will be missed.
“Bobby is a very strong man, easy to like and he gets things done,” said Jones. “He took care of me. We didn’t always agree, but he is a true Houstonian and you knew he had the city – all the city — at heart.
Uhiren said Sanderson always did his homework.
“Bobby did a lot to have the information we needed at board meetings to make decisions,” said Uhiren. “He took care of his board and he took care of this community. I hate to see him go.”
Sanderson smiled when asked for his future plans
“I plan to do absolutely nothing,” he said with that big smile, “and I won’t start doing that until after 10 a.m.!”
Sanderson said he was leaving a city that has changed a lot in the past nine years.
“I don’t think people realize how much new infrastructure we have put in the ground around here,” said Sanderson. “We have installed millions in new water lines and sewer lines.
“We have a lot of newly paved streets and culverts and ditches that have not only been cleaned out but are maintained every year,” said Sanderson. “We have developed our Parks and Recreation Department to a high level. We have built a walking track and parks around town and people use them everyday.”
Sanderson said the board stressed being “business friendly,” and he always found the time to stop and help local businesses and industry when they had a problem.
“We have always worked to help existing industry and the board has done things to make our community attractive to new industry,” said Sanderson. “The city has also worked with businesses around the square to improve infrastructure there, too.”
Sanderson said he has already turned down one new job offer and he hopes to enjoy his family, friends and community for a while.
“There will be things about the job I won’t miss,” said Sanderson. “But I will miss it. I just hope I made a difference while I was here.”