College Station city officials say that the city manager, Frank Simpson, died this afternoon after a heart attack.
Simpson collapsed at his home shortly before 3 p.m. and was taken to College Station Medical Center, where he passed away at 3:49 p.m.
The College Station City Council unanimously named Simpson city manager on March 28. He served two months as interim city manager after David Neeley retired in January. Prior to that, Simpson was College Station’s deputy city manager, overseeing public works, water services, and the electric utility.
“We are all deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Frank's passing,” College Station Mayor Nancy Berry said. “While he had only recently started his tenure as city manager, Frank's passion for this community was evident every day. He will be sorely missed by our council, city staff and all who knew and worked with him. Our prayers are with his family."
Simpson began his long municipal government career as a public utilities worker for the City of College Station in 1986 while attending Texas A&M. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1988 and a master’s in public administration from A&M in 1990. Simpson worked in various administrative capacities with the City of College Station from 1989-93.
“He is a great leader and done a great job in his career as city manager. We were looking very forward to his leadership and working with him and many years in the city of College Station,” said R.B Alley, College Station Fire Chief.
He leaves behind a wife, two sons and a daughter.
Services are pending.
Deputy City Manager Kathy Merrill will serve as acting city manager.