City Manager's Office
Title: City Manager
Theo Melancon became City Manager in July 2017. He arrived in Dayton with over 10 years of government managerial experience. He has previously served the cities of Gladewater and Eldorado, Texas.
Melancon is a member of the Texas City Management Association and International City/County Management Association. During his time with the ICMA, Melancon served on the Advisory Board of Graduate Education and the Task Force on Strengthening Inclusivity within the Profession.
During his tenure in Gladewater, Melancon aggressively pursued redevelopment of real estate culminating in the City's first large scale residential developments being proposed in over 20 years. Melancon led the effort to provide better water quality by leading efforts to overhaul the City's water intake structure and wastewater treatment plant. He spearheaded the revitalization of downtown Gladewater through efforts to attract new businesses to a district that had a vacancy rate of nearly 50%.
Prior to his service in Gladewater, Melancon served the City of Eldorado. He managed the conversion of the City's Enterprise Resource Planning platform to better accommodate residents. This effort led to the City's ability to provide Online Bill Pay and Paperless Billing. Melancon guided the city through major renovations of its water and sewer distribution systems and began the process of building a new water tower to ensure TCEQ compliance.
Before moving to Texas, Melancon worked in various capacities consulting municipal governments in Louisiana. This time included working for Louisiana's Division of Administration and Louisiana State University. In these roles, he advised municipalities on capital improvement planning, human resource law, environmental law, economic development, real estate law and land use.
Melancon is married to his wife Cecilia and has one son, Jeremiah.