Mayor and City Council Vision Statement
To make Big Spring one of the most livable communities in America. To create a vibrant, progressive, clean city that rejoices in its diversity. To keep our citizens safe and secure, and provide an abundance of economic development opportunities while paying special attention to our unique environment.
Big Spring City Council
Mayor Larry McLellan District Map
Mayor Pro Tem Marcus Fernandez, District 1 District One Map
Carmen Harbour, District 2 District Two Map
Glen Carrigan, District 3 District Three Map
Bobby McDonald, District 4 District Four Map
Raul Benavides, District 5 District Five Map
Marvin Boyd, District 6 District Six Map
The Big Spring City Council provides legislative leadership in establishing ordinances, resolutions, and other polices designed to provide effective administration of City departments to ensure orderly development of the City and to promote the safety and welfare of the Citizens of Big Spring. Big Spring has a Council-Manager form of local government. Policies are set by the Mayor and City Council, who are elected by the citizens. Policies are carried out by the City Manager. The Council decides what is to be done and the City Manager implements it with the assistance of the entire City Staff.
The Council wants to assure that any citizen may speak in support or against any item on the agenda and encourages the expression of all views before action is taken. City Council meetings will be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month for 2011. City Council Meetings are open to the public and are held at the Big Spring City Council Chambers located at 307 East 4th Street.
There are numerous City Boards, Commissions, and Committees established to provide advice to the Council on City matters. If you are interested in serving on a Board, Commission or Committee, contact the City Secretary's Office in person or by calling (432) 264-2513, or review information and submit an online application.
Larry McLellan, Mayor
Big Spring, Texas 79720
Phone: (432) 267-5759
Fax: (432) 263-8310
Larry McLellan was sworn in as Big Spring's mayor in May 2013. Mr. McLellan has long been an active member of the Big Spring community. He has served on numerous boards including the Big Spring United Way; Dora Roberts Rehabilitation Center; the Big Spring Police Academy; the Big Spring YMCA; the Rotary Club and the Big Spring Independent School District. He also served on the Economic Development Board; and the Howard College Board of Trustees.
Born in North Carolina, Mr. McLellan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina. He is a member of the West Texas Pharmacy Association, the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacies, and serves on the board of the Texas Independent Pharmacy Association. Mr. McLellan is also a life member of the University of North Carolina Alumni Association and the University of North Carolina Pharmacy Alumni Association. He is a licensed Pharmacist in both Texas and North Carolina. Mr. McLellan is the owner of Leonard's Pharmacies and also serves as the Pharmacy Director for the Big Spring State Hospital. Mr. McLellan is a member of the First United Methodist Church where he serves as a Lay Leader.
Mr. McLellan and his wife, Susan, have been married for thirty-six years. They have two daughters, Kim McLellan Emerson of Fredericksburg and Leslie McLellan Proctor of Austin, and four grandchildren.
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Council Member Marcus Fernandez, Mayor Pro Tem
Big Spring, Texas 79720
Phone: (432) 816-3923
Fax: (432) 263-8310
Councilman Marcus M. Fernandez has been a citizen of Big Spring since 1991. He retired from the United States Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons as the Secure Oversight Monitor for the Central Office Washington DC base in the Big Spring Privatization Field Office after twenty-five years of service. He is currently employed at the GEO Group as the Chief Correctional Supervisor at the Big Spring Flightline Unit.
He is a member of the National Rifle Association, Western Sportsman Club, Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. He is a life member of the North American Hunting Club and is active in the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish where he has served as the Parish President, a Parish Council member and youth director. He volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America and the Hangar 25 Museum.
Mr. Fernandez and his wife Linda have five children, Holly, Heather, Mandee, Meghan and Marcus. He enjoys camping and spending time with his nine grandchildren. His favorite quote comes from Indira Gandhi, "There are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit for it. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition there."
Council Member Carmen Harbour
Big Spring, Texas 79720
Phone: (432) 264-2401
Fax: (432) 263-8310
Carmen Moreno Harbour was born in Big Spring, raised in Borden County and attended Borden County ISD in Gail, Texas. She graduated from Borden High School and attended Howard Junior College where she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Business.
Councilwoman Harbour worked for the Howard College Adult Basic Education Program teaching English as a second language both at the college and at GEO, formerly the I-30 Correctional Facility. She also taught other programs including basic guitar and basic sign language. She has worked at the Big Spring State Hospital, the Texas Department of Human Services and Permian Oil. She was employed in the Administration Office of the Big Spring ISD for sixteen years before moving to Abilene and attending Hardin Simmons University. While in Abilene, she earned a degree in Speech Pathology with a minor in Psychology and Deaf Education, worked at the Abilene State School Infirmary, and Abilene ISD as an interpreter and instructor in the Early Childhood Program.
Upon returning to Big Spring in 2010, Councilwoman Harbour began working for the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf as the Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs and the Financial Aid Coordinator. She worked for an additional year with the Big Spring ISD before retiring in May 2011.
Councilwoman Harbour has worked with the American Heart Association for twenty years, three of which she spent serving as an officer. She is a chartered member and has served as an officer for the Hispanic Women for Progress. She is the President of the Secretarial Association's Big Spring chapter. She is actively involved with the Howard County Sheriff's Posse and Rescue Unit, Howard County Youth Horseman, the YMCA Board of Directors, the Big Spring Herald Advisory Board, Crime Stoppers of Big Spring and the Lion's Club. She is a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish where she serves as a council officer and a youth minister. She is also active with the St. Vincent de Paul organization. She is married to Jerry L. Harbour and they share four sons, Aron, Brandon, Bryan and Chad, as well as thirteen grandchildren.
District Two Map
Glen Carrigan was elected to the Big Spring City Council in May 2011. After graduating high school in Fort Worth, he relocated to Denver, Colorado and attended Rockmount College, eventually earning his bachelor's degree. He went on to earn a master's degree in Audiology from the University of Texas at El Paso and has taken graduate coursework at Stephen F. Austin University, Texas Tech and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
Councilman Carrigan has been employed at the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf for twenty-nine years as an audiologist and instructor. He is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the Texas Academy of Audiology and the Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association. In the past, he worked part-time as a paramedic for the ambulance service and taught Emergency Medical Services classes at Howard College.
He is a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church where he teaches Sunday school, sings in the choir and serves on the church finance committee. He enjoys studying end-time prophecy and watching sports. His favorite quote comes from Thessalonians 5:18, "In everything give thanks. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
District four Councilmember Bobby McDonald is a lifelong citizen of Big Spring. He earned a degree from Texas Tech University and worked for over 50 years in the real estate profession as a builder, developer, broker, appraiser and subdivision planner. He was elected to serve his first term on the Big Spring City Council in May 2012.
Councilman McDonald is a six year member of the Festival of Lights and assisted in developing Big Spring�s first lighted poinsettia. He is currently active in the Interstate 20 Poinsettia Project and also serves as a trustee for the Big Spring Area Community Foundation. He has served on the Airpark Development Board for over 17 years and is also a member Citizens Advisory Panel, the Hangar 25 Air Museum, Keep Big Spring Beautiful, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Mr. Mc Donald was recognized as Big Spring�s Man of the Year in 2004 and received a U.S. Hang Gliding commendation as well as a Big Spring Leadership Award.
Councilman McDonald, and his wife Gloria, share two sons, Rob and Andy, three grandchildren and one great grandchild. He enjoys research activities and believes that �citizenship is one of the primary requirements for living on this Earth.�