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David Gattis

David Gattis

Adjunct Professor

Planning and Landscape Architecture

David R. Gattis, FAICP, CFM, ICMA-CM is a retired Deputy City Manager and City Planner.  Most recently, he served as Interim Planning Director for Bastrop, Texas, a fast-growing community of 8,500 people in central Texas.  Previously, Mr. Gattis was Deputy City Manager for the City of Benbrook, a suburban community of 22,000 on the southwest side of Fort Worth, Texas until his retirement in December 2016.  He continues to provide consulting and training services to many small cities ranging in population from 200 to 8,500. He was also a member of Benbrook’s Tax Increment Finance District Board of Directors.  Mr. Gattis authored the Benbrook Comprehensive Plan, which was recognized as the best Comprehensive Plan by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) in 1991.    He has degrees from both Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington, including doctoral studies in Urban and Public Administration.  

He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners, is a Certified Floodplain Manager and is recognized as a Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association.  He was named as Distinguished Alumnus of UTA’s School of Urban and Public Affairs in 2001 and named a Fellow of AICP in April 2008. He served as Chair of the national APA Divisions Council, has served as Chair of both the Small Town and Rural Division and the Environmental Planning Division of APA, was President of the Texas Chapter of APA (and currently is Historian) and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Municipal League.  He was elected a Life Member of the Texas City Management Association in 2018.

Mr. Gattis is a Fellow and Past President of the Texas Academy of Science.  Prior to working for Benbrook in 1988, Mr. Gattis served on Benbrook’s Home Rule Charter Commission, and served on Benbrook’s Planning and Zoning Commission for five years, the last four of which as Chairman.  He has served the North Central Texas Council of Governments as Chair of numerous committees. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for the John V. Roach Honors College at Texas Christian University.