About Johnny Isbell

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Mayor Johnny Isbell was born in San Antonio and attended Lee College in Baytown and the University of Houston, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard in 1965 and the Air Force Reserve in 1968. He is married with three children and has been a member of First United Methodist Church since 1962.

Isbell’s business background includes the founding of Apache Oil Company, Inc. in 1972, of which he is still the president. He also is the president of Isbell Interest Inc. as well as Isbell Equipment and is the Chairman of the Board of Texas TransEastern.

His public service includes City Council member from 1969-1977 and 1989-1993; he was Mayor Pro Tem 1976-1977.  Isbell was mayor of Pasadena from 1981-1985 and from 1993-2001 when he reached term limits. He was returned to the mayor’s office in January, 2008 for an unexpired term and subsequently was re-elected to a full term in May, 2009. Among his service affiliations are Honorary Life Director of the Pasadena Rodeo Association, a member of the Houston Rodeo Association, past Pasadena-South Rotary Club president, San Jacinto YMCA director, member Masonic Lodge #1295 and American Legion Post #521. He was named the Neighborhood Network Mayor of the Century in 2000, Paul Harris Fellow award recipient, Outstanding Rotarian for 1999 and many other distinctions for commitment to the community.

Mayor Isbell says the key to successful city government begins with stability in the mayor’s office through an experienced leader who can unite City Council to work together as a team to meet Pasadena’s challenges. Among the areas he cites needing special attention are street repairs and drainage issues, enhancing traffic management as Pasadena grows, as well as the improvement of Pasadena’s image through a landscaping beautification initiative on major thoroughfares.

He says the city must be innovative in adopting regulations that will insure a sound tax base for the future as well as growing a city that our children and grandchildren will be proud to call home. This includes a system of enforcement that assures citizens that laws protecting the public are being uniformly applied to all.

Isbell has called for an end to borrowing money to pay for daily  maintenance and operations expenses and says that Pasadena’s stable finances in today’s economic climate is a direct result of policies which have emphasized fiscal prudence in the past. He also believes a back-to-basics approach that reduces bureaucracy and puts more workers on the street is a top priority for repairing our deteriorating roadways and providing other services that citizens have a right to expect.

Mayor Isbell emphasizes that we can and must live within our means as a city and that we can afford needed maintenance and new improvements but that we must be fiscally responsible in providing those funds, even as we continue to make steady progress towards a cleaner, safer and more prosperous community.

Mayor Isbell may be reached (713) 475-5501 or by email.