Headshot-Chris Shorter


Assistant City Manager,
City of Austin, TX



As the Assistant City Manager for strategic citywide outcomes related to Health, Environment, Culture and Lifelong Learning within the City of Austin, Chris provides leadership to advance the City’s Strategic Direction 2023 and directs administrative work relating to the full-range of municipal management operations and policy issues. In addition to the overall strategic outcomes, Chris supports the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Public Health, Public Libraries, Resource Recovery (Waste Management), Animal Services and the Office of Sustainability. The overall portfolio includes $346.6 million in budget and 1,926 fulltime employees.

Prior to his appointment as Assistant City Manager, Chris served in leadership roles for the District of Columbia government for over 10 years. Most recently, Chris served as the Director of the DC Department of Public Works, which provided environmental sustainability, protection, and enforcement programs, as well as, solid waste management, parking enforcement and fleet management services. Prior to his appointment as Director of Public Works in Washington DC, Chris served as the Director of Agency Operations in the Office of the City Administrator where he provided direct oversight of the offices of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, Performance Management and Agency Operations. Chris also served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Department of Health; and, Chief Operating Officer with the District Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. Prior to joining the District Government, Shorter worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as well as, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

Chris received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida.