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Sheryl Sculley

Sheryl Lee Sculley

(City manager of San Antonio, Texas, 2005-2019)

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Born May 20, 1952

Resident of San Antonio, Texas

Political Party Democrat
Spouse Michael James "Mike" Sculley

Courtney Jo Sculley
Collin James Sculley

Sheryl Lee Sculley (born May 20, 1952)[1] is the former city manager of San Antonio, Texas, a position she has filled since 2005. She is a protégé of former Mayor Phil Hardberger, who appointed her to the position. Under the city manager government, Sculley is charged with the daily administration of municipal government.In her last years in the position, she carried the strong support of current Mayor Ron Nirenberg. Sculley's salary is $475,000 annually, $75,000 more than that of the U.S. President.

On November 29, 2018, Sculley announced that she is retiring from her post after thirteen years, no later than June 30, 2019. Her departure is expected to become a campaign issue as Nirenberg seeks a second term as mayor in the spring of 2019. Among those contemplating a challenge to Nirenberg is city councilman Greg Brockhouse, a Sculley critic. Sculley's decision to vacate the powerful post came less than a month after voters approved an amendment to the city charter promoted by the firefighters union, that limits future salaries of Sculley's successors. Some saw the charter amendment as a referendum on her compensation and management style. Her critics call her "arrogant, domineering, unaccountable, and far too powerful."[2]

In commentary in The San Antonio Express-News, Gilbert Garcia said that Sculley "towered above the elected officials whose policies she enacted." Those policies include a Triple-A bond rating, three bond programs, the establishment of Hardberger Park, Main Plaza, an equity assessment program, and the forthcoming renovation of the Alamo. Greg Brockhoue, considered one of only two conservatives on the 10-member city council, recalled that Sculley reminded him as he took office in 2017 that she had seen forty-nine city council members, who are term-limited, come and go in the preceding twelve years. Sculley endured attacks from the municipal public safety unions but managed twelve thousand city employees under four mayors with what Garcia called "utter assurance." In the end, Garcia took the view that Sculley was "bigger than the city she served" though San Antonio is the seventh largest U.S. city.[3]

On January 26, 2018, Sean Rima, a self-described "talk monkey" who hosts an afternoon talk program on KTSA radio, questioned Sculley's $75,000 bonus and pay increase, which made her current salary at $550,000 approved by the city council.[4] A native of Indiana, who was reared near Chicago, Sculley prior to her relocation to San Antonio had been employed by the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona,[5] and then for sixteen years as the assistant city manager in Phoenix. She came to San Antonio for a beginning salary of $260,000.[2] She also previously lived in San Luis Obispo, California, and Kalamazoo, Michigan.[5] Rima questioned her high salary in a city known for a large population of the working class. "Get a grip on yourself. ... What are you, the red queen?...," Rima asked Sculley on his broadcast. He even called her a "high-maintenance broad."[4]

Sculley indicated that she expects to remain in the work force after her retirement from the city.[2]

A veteran city employee, Erik Walsh, emerged in January 2019 as the lone finalist to succeed Sculley.


  1. Sheryl Sculley. Retrieved on November 30, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Josh Baugh, "Sculley Decides It's Time to Retire: Successes, controversy have marked tenure", San Antonio Express-News, November 30, 2018, p. 1, A8.
  3. Gilbert Garcia, "Manager was bigger than the city she served," The San Antonio Express-News, November 30, 2018, pp. 1, A2.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Brian Chasnoff, "City manager should stop feeding the trolls," San Antonio Express-News, January 27, 2018, p. A2.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sheryl Sculley. Retrieved on January 27, 2018.