Plano, TX Former City Manager David A. Griffin Leaves Behind Legacy of Growth Management and Partnering

ARTICLE | Apr 11, 2012

Former Plano City Manager David A. Griffin passed away Sunday, April 8 leaving friends and colleagues reflecting upon the major impact he had on the development of Plano and North Texas regional initiatives.

Serving as Plano’s City Manager from 1972 to 1985, Mr. Griffin took the lead in laying out visionary partnerships with the Plano Independent School District and Texas Department of Transportation.

Taxpayers were saved millions of dollars through the establishment of joint facilities and matching funding enabling municipal services and infrastructure to keep pace with Plano’s phenomenal growth through the early and mid-1980s.

“We are better off in Plano, Texas because David Griffin lived here and cared about our community,” said Mayor Phil Dyer. “He impacted not only the people he served as Plano’s City Manager but also the thousands of residents who have chosen to make Plano their hometown because of his vision of what Plano could be, and what it has indeed become.”

Mr. Griffin served as Plano’s City Manager during a time of explosive growth for the community. It was during his tenure the course was set for one of the fastest growing cities in the nation to become a model for other cities to emulate.

“Under David’s management and vision Plano set the bar in unchartered areas for provision of excellent municipal services and outstanding facilities,” said City Manager Bruce Glasscock.

“He is credited with building the groundbreaking partnership that exists to this day with between the Plano Independent School District and the City in the mutual acquisition of school and adjacent park sites and the joint use of certain facilities, such as the Rowlinson Natatorium and the Aquatic Center at Plano Senior High School.”

In addition to establishing adjacent school and park sites,many of Plano’s early recreation centers were housed in established school facilities. Mr. Griffin is credited with being one of the first municipal leaders in Texas to approach the state with the concept of matching funds for road expansion.

As a result, Plano became a national model for communities matching funds to help build state roadways faster than what was dictated through master plans. Plano’s transportation system today continues to expand to serve the needs of our community thanks to the strong base of state/local partnering through matching grant funding that he established.

In October 2007 City Council, municipal staff, county and state dignitaries, family and friends gathered to pay tribute to Mr. Griffin at the dedication of David A. Griffin Park adjacent Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club. During the ceremony Mr. Griffin said, “The 13 years that I spent working as an employee of the City of Plano were the happiest most rewarding years of my life.

I had excellent officials and a tremendous staff and we made sure that current residents didn’t have to pay a price for our growth or give up services or infrastructure needs. We stayed ahead of the curve.”

A memorial service for Mr. Griffin was held Saturday, April 14. For more infomration, please visit

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