The office of the City Manager, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City, all department activities and functions, its employees and a multi-million dollar budget. Directly accountable to the Mayor and the City Council, this office resides as an ex-officio member of all boards and committees. Community Relations projects and events are handled through the office of the City Manager.
The City Manager’s office is located at City Hall. Staff can be reached at (817) 568-3000.
Sheyi Ipaye began serving as City Manager of Forest Hill, Texas in March, 2010. Appointed by the Mayor and City Council and recruited to transform the city administration and improve the community’s public infrastructure, he has appointed executive leadership for both the Police and Fire Departments, reorganized departments, streamlined business systems, improved customer service, and elevated the professionalism of his staff through the city’s core values of “Teamwork, Integrity, Innovation, and Professionalism through Excellence” using its “Community Driven” approach. During his tenure as the Chief Executive Officer, he has continued to deliver a balanced budget to the Mayor and Council, and managed an annual operating and capital budget of $13.6 million for the community with a population in excess of 14,000 residents.
Ipaye has lowered the city’s property tax rate, increased financial reserves, and reduced waste. He supervised construction of Forest Hill Civic and Convention Center, the Forest Hill Memorial Park, and increased police, fire, and emergency medical services to the public. In August 2014, under his fiscal leadership, the City of Forest Hill’s Insurance Services Office ISO rating improved from a 5 to 3, helping to reduce insurance costs for many citizens. Forest Hill’s General Obligation Bond Rating was upgraded by Standard and Poor’s Rating Service from an “A” to “A+,” a first for the City of Forest Hill. Since the spring of 2010, the City has consistently received the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
Previously, Ipaye served as Community Investment Manager for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas where he supervised community development loan programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mississippi, and Texas. He also provided executive leadership and direction to two other Texas cities – as City Manager in Palestine and Glenn Heights. As the Chief Executive Officer in Glenn Heights, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and earned the reputation as a results-focused “go-to” manager. While in Palestine, his accomplishments included numerous economic development projects including the development of more than two million square feet for a Walmart Distribution Center, construction of a new state-of-the-art water treatment and sewer facility, establishment of the Steven Bennett Park through a $1 million grant from the Texas Department of Wildlife and improvements to the city’s museum, theatre, Convention Center and downtown development. Additionally, Ipaye successfully developed and maintained a constructive labor-management relationship with the Civil Service Commission.
Ipaye is a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Certified Public Manager. Throughout his career, he has consistently given back the community. He is a member of Forest Hill Lions Club, has served on the Texas City Managers Association’s Nominating Committee, and has volunteered with the International City & County Manager Association (ICMA), Committee on International Affairs.
Sheyi Ipaye is a strong family man who likes to lead by example. He has been married to his lovely wife Emma for more than 30 years. They are blessed with raising five college graduates.