Ernie Clark graduated from West Texas State University (now Texas A&M University) in Canyon, TX in January of 1965, after serving nine years in the U.S. Air Force. He has held the top management position in a number of governmental operations over the past 40 years.
His public service career began in the City of Amarillo, Texas, where he started as an Administrative Assistant and also served in the positions of Recreation Director, Safety Training Officer, and Assistant Personnel Director.
He served as Assistant City Manager in Stillwater, Oklahoma, for two years before being appointed the first Executive Director of the Texas Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (also known as Council of Governments), which covered 25,000 square miles of the Texas Panhandle.
In 1975 he was appointed City Manager of Kingsport, Tennessee, and served in that position for four years. He served more than thirteen years as City Manager of Bryan, Texas, which generated and distributed electricity to the City and three adjoining counties.
After serving more than five years as the City Manager of Tyler, Texas, Ernie retired, and still resides in Tyler.
He has a varied consulting background in Management and Training for governments, businesses, and industries. He was a consulting partner with HBC & Associates of College Station for eight years. For a number of years he was associated with Dr. Gary Halter of Texas A&M University in Governmental Management Training.
Ernie serves a consultant with Planning, Life Languages Institute, of Dallas, Texas, and Family Restoration Network of Dallas, Texas. He is the past President of Tyler Sister Cities, Inc. and served treasurer of that organization for six years. He is a member of The Gideons International and has served as Elder and President of his church congregation. He is a life member of the International City and County Management Association and the Texas City Management Association.