City Government


The City of Brenham is a home-rule city governed by the City's Charter. The charter provides for a city Council-City Manager form of government.

The City Manager is responsible to Council for supervising the day-to-day operations of all city departments. In addition to supervising department heads, the City Manager is responsible for the annual budget; researching and making recommendations to Council' meeting with citizens to understand their needs' and providing executive leadership.

Management click here to expand

City Manager - Terry K. Roberts


Terry Roberts has been the City Manager of Brenham since February, 2001.  Prior to coming to Brenham, he served 10 years as the City Manager of El Campo beginning in 1991. Terry began his career in city government in 1975 as a staff assistant to the City Manager in San Marcos. Other City Manager assignments have included Diboll, Yoakum, and Seguin.

Terry is a 1974 graduate of Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University) in San Marcos.  He is an active member of the Texas City Management Association. In 2006, he served as president of Region 7 of the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) and also served on the TCMA Board of Directors.

Terry is past president of the Brenham Rotary Club, a former board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, and is a member of Brenham First Baptist Church. He serves as President of the Brenham Community Development Corporation (BCDC), the sales tax board of the City involved with community and economic development projects and he works closely with the Economic Development Foundation as a representative from the City along with Mayor Milton Tate.

Terry chose a career in city management and local public service because he believes it provides a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of citizens in the community.

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Terry K. Roberts

Assistant City Manager - Kyle Dannhaus

Kyle Dannhaus graduated from Brenham High School, Blinn College, and Texas A&M University. He has worked for the City of Brenham since 1984 and is currently the Assistant City Manager. Kyle and his wife Ginger have two sons, Jason and Blake. Kyle enjoys baseball, football, ranching, and spending time with his family.

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Kyle Dannhaus

City Management Team click here to expand

Chief Financial Officer - Carolyn D. Miller, CPA


Carolyn is the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Brenham. She joined the City in May 2005 and was promoted to Director of Finance shortly thereafter. In June of 2009, she became the CFO. Her professional career began in the private sector, and for over 25 years Carolyn enjoyed a successful career including the big four public accounting firm of KPMG, healthcare management positions with The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, and as corporate controller for Kolkhorst Petroleum.

In 1980, Carolyn graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Accounting, and she is a certified public accountant. She is a charter member of the Women Former Students Network which is a Constituent Network of The Association of Former Students at Texas A&M University. Carolyn is also a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Government Finance Officers Association and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.

Community service includes past Lone Star Girl Scout Council troop leader, HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) mentor, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran confirmation guide, and church choir member. Carolyn and her husband Stephen, who is the CFO for Brenham Wholesale Grocery Company, have two children. Allison a 2010 graduate of Texas State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration degree and her Masters in Accountancy degree. She is pursuing her CPA license and enjoys her profession as a tax associate. Austin is a junior at the University of Texas at Austin, and is majoring in Mathematics. Upon graduation, he plans to continue his education by attending medical school.

Although Carolyn's career in government began only six years ago, she believes that her "performance-driven" management style coupled with strong operational and financial expertise provides the foundation for upholding the public trust in government.

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Carolyn D. Miller

Fire Chief - Ricky Boeker


Ricky is a life long resident of Brenham and a 1977 graduate of Brenham High School. He joined the Department in May of 1988 and has advanced through the ranks to be elected Chief in 2005 by its membership. In 2008 he became the first paid Fire Chief for the City of Brenham. He has been an instructor for Texas A&M Municipal Fire School since 2000 and serves as Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Brenham.

Ricky received the Brenham Fire Department's Firefighter of the year in 1995 and again in 2007. He was also the Central Texas Firemen's & Fire Marshal Firefighter of the year in 1996.

Ricky married his wife, Virginia, in 1982 and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Ricky welcomes the chance to visit with anyone about the Department to hear their views and concerns. He are always looking for ways to improve and better serve the citizens of Brenham and Washington County.

Fire Chief Ricky Boeker
Ricky Boeker

Police Chief - Rex Phelps


Rex Phelps became the head of the police department June 1, 2009. Phelps has over 20 years in law enforcement, and was the chief of police for Forest Hill in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area for two years before coming to Brenham. Chief Phelps worked in patrol, criminal investigation and narcotics before becoming a chief. He and his wife Jennifer have four children. Chief Phelps is a strong believer in listening to, and being involved in, his community.

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Rex Phelps

Director of Public Utilities - Lowell Ogle, Jr.


Lowell Ogle, Jr. joined the City of Brenham team in 1984 in the Utility Billing Department working as a meter reader. After 2 years, he moved into the gas department, where he became the gas crew leader and eventually head of the department.

Lowell has served in various other positions in City management and is currently the Director of Public Utilities; where he oversees operations of water, sewer, gas, electric, wastewater treatment, and water treatment.

Lowell views the city's utility infrastructure as a vital part of the City of Brenham.

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Lowell Ogle, Jr.

Director of Public Works - Dane Rau


Dane Rau joined the City of Brenham in September of 2002. He is proud to serve his hometown where he was raised and attended Brenham schools. Dane graduated from Brenham High School in 1996, attended Blinn College, Howard Junior College, and Texas State University where he graduated in 2000 earning his degree in Environmental Resources and minoring in Biology. Dane first began his professional career while working for the Texas Water Development Board as a Groundwater Specialist. In September of 2002 he came back to Brenham to accept the Asst. Sanitation Supervisor's role. Dane then advanced his career by serving as the Environmental Regulatory Manager and the Asst. Director of Public Utilities from 2004-2012.

In September of 2012 Dane was promoted to Public Works Director where he oversees the daily duties of four departments and 47 employees, those being Streets, Facility/Fleet Maintenance, Parks, and Sanitation.

Dane's community involvement includes active memberships with Zion Lutheran Church, Keep Washington County Beautiful, Brazos Valley Council of Governments Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Texas Recreation and Parks Society and Washington County Little League.

Dane and his wife, Melonie have three active boys, Kade (9), Brady (7), and Nate (4). Dane enjoys fishing, hunting, gardening and coaching baseball.
Dane is proud to serve his hometown and always looks for ways to improve the quality of life in Brenham. He believes that his employees are his most important asset and that working efficiently and as a team along with taking care of the little things go a long way.

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Dane Rau

Director of Community Services - Wende Ragonis





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