City Manager's Biography
CAREER: Ronnie J. Guest Jr., assumed the duties of City Manager of the City of Choctaw and Executive Director Choctaw Utilities Authority on July 26, 2021. As City Manager and Executive Director he leads a staff of just over 70 to oversee and direct Public Safety, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Planning Department in support of improving quality of life for a citizen population of 13,000+ and a budget of $23M annually. Prior to assuming the duties of City Manager for the City of Choctaw, he served as a City Manager in South Texas.
Prior to serving as City Manager, he served as Community Relations Advocate/Contract Administrator as a part of the External Government Relations Division, for CPS Energy, the largest municipally owned utility in the country, and was responsible for more than $30 million in contracts related to community weatherization. Prior to serving CPS Energy, he served with the City of San Antonio with: the San Antonio Police Department, Office of the City Manager, Housing and Neighborhood Services, and Animal Care Services. Mr. Guest also served as President of the Urban Management Association of South Texas in support of local government professionals in San Antonio. Mr. Guest is an Honorably Discharged Veteran of the United States Army and Kansas National Guard.
His passion and purpose is for servant leadership, and the hallmark of Mr. Guest’s career has been his drive to serve communities while bringing people together to improve the quality of life for all. His devotion to working with all stakeholders to achieve the best outcome for the community in South Texas made him a stellar candidate for this position, and his dedication will bring that same passion to the City of Choctaw. His passion stems from his father serving as a Police Officer for the Topeka Police Department in Kansas. He loves engaging with residents and his priority is assuring that every encounter our team has with our residents are impactful while offering the best level of customer service possible. His motto is ‘One Team One Goal.’ Each day he serves is another day to make a difference in someone’s life while improving their quality of life.
EDUCATION: Mr. Guest holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and is competing his Doctorate of Education with an Emphasis in Organizational Leadership & Development.
PERSONAL: Mr. Guest, a native of Muskogee, Oklahoma, is married to Carol. The couple has two grown children and two granddaughters.