Office of the City Manager

The City of Saginaw's general administration is managed by the City Manager's Office, which is responsible for carrying out the policies and goals set by the City Council. The City Manager reports directly to the Mayor and City Council and is in charge of supervising the day-to-day activities of all City departments, as well as developing the Strategic Plan. Additionally, the City Manager's Office leads the financial and budget management process and guides the City's planning efforts for the future.

Gabe Reaume - City Manager 
Phone: 817-230-0324


Gabe Reaume has served the City of Saginaw, Texas, as City Manager since January 2018. He previously served the cities of Denison, Texas, and Sugar Land, Texas, in several different capacities. Gabe began his public service career with the City of Denton, Texas, in the Budget Office as an unpaid intern and eventually was awarded a paid internship through a competitive grant program.

Gabe was raised in rural Michigan and has longstanding family agricultural roots. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Texas, where he serves on the Public Administration Alumni Board. Gabe met his wife, Cori (a fellow UNT MPA alum), at a Texas City Management Association conference several years ago. Cori serves in city management. They have four children who attend EMS ISD schools: Roman, Kali, Rosie, and Felix.

Gabe is an active member of the Texas City Management Association and International City/County Management Association.

Gabe enjoys reading, running, and writing. In 2023, he published his first book, Strangers and Angels: Finding Family in Unexpected Places, which highlights finding a rewarding career in city management.

Please feel free to stop by City Hall, call, or email anytime. Gabe would love the chance to visit with you, especially if coffee is involved!

Lee Howell - Assistant City Manager
Phone: 817-230-0325

Lee Howell serves as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Saginaw. Prior to serving as Assistant City Manager, Lee was sworn in as Chief of Police for the City of Saginaw in the Summer of 2018.

Among his duties Lee oversees the Police Department, Library Services, Information Technology, Animal Services, Public Works, and is the Project Manager of the Senior Center and Library 2021 Bond Program. 

Prior to joining the City of Saginaw, “Chief” Howell served as Chief of Police for the City of Denton, and Chief Deputy Sheriff for Denton County, where he was an active member of many community boards and initiatives including; United Way of Denton County, Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County, Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team, Denton County Homeless Leadership Team, Heroes of Denton County Board, Noon Rotary Club, UNT Criminal Justice Advisory Council, and the inaugural Chairman of the Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission. Lee still serves on the Board of Directors at DATCU.

During his 41 year career in law enforcement he held assignments in Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations, Internal Affairs, Office of Professional Standards, Narcotics Unit, Administration, and 16 years as a member of the Denton Police Tactical Unit.

Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Southwestern Law Enforcement 30th Management College, and Texas State University Certified Public Manager program.