New Woodway city manager’s plans for future


The new Woodway City Manager is ready to move the city forward after Yost Zakhary’s resignation amid sexual harassment allegations. 

Shawn Oubre is settling in this week at the City Hall after moving here from southeast Texas. He says he is ready to tackle any challenges – but most importantly, he is excited about new opportunities for the city.

Many still feel shocked after Zakhary’s resignation. 

“We want to calm everybody, you know. Change when you reflect upon it is, most of the time, is for the betterment. But when you go through that process, the worry and the stress and the anxiety of the unknown, that is difficult,” Oubre says.

The 58-year-old has served as a city manager in Orange, Texas for 13 years.

As a former police chief, Oubre also brings his law enforcement background to the table here if needed. But his main goal is to rebuild the shattered trust in city leadership. 

“I can tell you who I am is a person who builds trust and has good communication, and I would just ask people to give this process a chance and get to know me and we will move forward together,” Oubre says.

Having dealt with Hurricane Harvey, Oubre wants to reassure the community he is ready for any crisis. 
But for now he has no big changes in mind.

“The city is in good shape. The operations of the city are very good – delivering good services,” Oubre says.

The city manager plans on getting to know his employees and getting back to teaching once settled in. 

“I like to mentor and mold the future generation,” Oubre says.

He says the budget for this fiscal year was approved this month, but he already has plans to start on a new one in the spring.

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