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Township Board names Monique Sharp as President and General Manager

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The Woodlands Township Board of Directors has named Monique Sharp to be its President and General Manager, effectively immediately.

“Congratulations to our new President and General Manager Monique Sharp,” said Township Chairman Gordy Bunch as he made the announcement during the regular board meeting, held February 17, 2022 evening in the Board Chambers of The Woodlands Township. The news was followed by a round of applause and a standing ovation from the Board of Directors and members of the audience. Ms. Sharp is the first woman appointed by the Board to serve as President and General Manager.

Ms. Sharp has been serving as the Interim President and General Manager as well as Chief Financial Officer since Jan. 3, 2022. She has 29 years of experience with the Township and its predecessor entities, serving as Assistant General Manager for Finance and Administration since 2001. The Township has consistently won awards for government accounting during her leadership. 

Photo by The Woodlands Township; The Woodlands Township Board of Directors named Monique Sharp as President and General Manager of the Township at the Board of Directors meeting on February 17, 2022. Pictured, left to right, Township Director Jason J. Nelson, Secretary Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, Chairman Gordy Bunch, President and General Manager Monique Sharp, Directors Dr. Ann K. Snyder, Bob Milner and Treasurer John Anthony Brown.
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“President Sharp has been a steadfast leader within the Township for the past 29 years,” Chairman Bunch said. “Her efforts have led our hometown to the highest financial ratings, lowest historical debt and lowest tax rates since the inception of our community. We are blessed to have Monique help lead our hometown going forward and we are proud to be able to announce her as our new President and General Manager.” 

In 2021, Ms. Sharp and her finance team earned the prestigious Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), placing The Township in the top 2% in the nation. Additionally, she led The Woodlands Township in achieving a bond rating of AA+, which is the highest rating awarded to a special purpose district in the State of Texas.  

Ms. Sharp holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She served an integral role as part of the team that led the transition to the Township in its current structure and has promoted stability throughout prior leadership transitions. 

Earlier in the meeting, Ms. Sharp honored Township staff accomplishments, including The Woodlands Township Aquatics Division that has been named Agency of the Year (Class 1, Population of 75,000+) by the Texas Public Pool Council. The Agency of the Year designation recognizes exceptional efforts in providing aquatics facilities, programs and services to The Woodlands Township. 

“The Class 1 Agency of the Year Award is the highest recognition an organization can receive from the Texas Public Pool Council, demonstrating a commitment to professionalism and excellence in aquatics,” Ms. Sharp said. In 2021, the Township operated 14 pools and five splash pads, provided 8,935 swim lessons to children in the community, hosted water safety events at 10 pools and demonstrated a commitment to excellent lifeguard skills by conducting more than 1,000 individual audits of the 300 lifeguards working at these facilities. She recognized Assistant General Manager Chris Nunes and the aquatics staff members, led by Aquatics Superintendent Marty Mulgrew.

Ms. Sharp also recognized Visit The Woodlands employees Elizabeth Eddins and Josie Lewis for being named to regional boards of directors for tourism. Ms. Eddins, who serves as Executive Director for Visit The Woodlands, has been appointed to the Texas Travel Alliance Board of Directors. Ms. Lewis, who serves as Sales Director, has been appointed to Meeting Planners International Houston Chapter Board of Directors. 

“This is great influence for them, for our community and for Visit The Woodlands on a regional and statewide level,” said Ms. Sharp, “and we are very proud of them.”

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The regular meeting continued with the Board hearing presentations from Dr. Victoria Constance of Children’s Safe Harbor who discussed how the organization helps children who are victims of abuse in our area. Shanna Redwine, with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, also presented, as well as Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon, who addressed additional dangers faced by children. Presentations can be viewed below.

Following the presentation, the Board scheduled a public hearing regarding proposed revisions to the parks and recreation fee schedule and related amendments to The Woodlands Township Order No. 020-09. The hearing will be held as part of the Township’s regular board meeting on February 23, 2022, at 6 p.m.

The Woodlands Township Board of Director Meetings may be attended in person, watched live online or viewed later via recording at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/meetingvideos. The agenda and attachments may be viewed at https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/991/Agendas-Minutes-and-More. Public comment is on every agenda.

For more information, please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov, or call 281-210-3800.

Source: The Woodlands Township

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