City Manager

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Christopher Duque City Manager
(409) 723-1503
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Education: Graduated with Master in Public Administration degree from the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.

Work Experience: Began work with the Nederland as the City Manager in September 2008. Previously, Mr. Duque worked for the City of Mission, Texas from 2002 to 2008. Mr. Duque is committed to promoting public safety, providing necessary public infrastructure (streets, water, and sewer), and improving the city’s quality of life while ensuring the sacred public trust is maintained and recognizing the needs of all citizens of Nederland.

Whether you are a resident or a visitor to our community, I hope you will take the time to enjoy all that Nederland has to offer. And if the Office of the City Manager can be of assistance to you, do not hesitate to contact me or visit my office at City Hall.

  • Welcome to the City of Nederland!

    On behalf of the Mayor, City Council, and staff, welcome to Nederland, Texas. We are a community of approximately 18,000 residents located in Southeast Texas. Although part of the Golden Triangle metropolitan area, Nederland has maintained a small town atmosphere that is enjoyed by our citizens. As City Manager, my job is to ensure that the City maintains services, programs and facilities that meet the needs of the community in a fiscally responsible manner. I and our City employees, take special pride in all the work that we do. Nederland operates under the Council-Manager form of government. Under this system, the City Council appoints the City Manager who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the government. The City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the City, implementation of policies established by the City Council, preparation and administration of the annual budget, and development of long-range goals and objectives. The City Manager also appoints department heads, with the exception of the City Clerk, Finance Director, and Chief of Police, all of whom are appointed by the City Council. As the City's chief administrative officer, the City Manager is responsible for the:

    • Professional leadership in the administration and execution of policies and objectives formulated by the City Council
    • Effective and efficient management of the City organization
    • Dissemination of accurate information regarding City programs and services and community issues through a public information program.
    • Implementation of policy decisions made by Mayor and Council
    • Addressing of citizen inquiries/complaints
    • Preparation of the budget annually and submit of it to the City Council and be responsible for its administration after adoption.
    • Preparation and submittal to the City Council as of the end of the fiscal year a complete finance report for the preceding year.
    • Develop, in conjunction with the City Council, City committees and staff, capital projects for the evaluation, financing, and implementation.
    • Act as a negotiator on behalf of the city for all contracts, leases, and agreements.
    • Keep the City Council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the City and to recommend to the City Council for adoption such resolutions as he may deem necessary or expedient.
    • Coordination of City operations and programs