John Clary Scholarship

The Texas Center for Municipal Ethics announces the establishment of a scholarship honoring the passing of one of its inaugural board members, John A. Clary, who passed away on December 22, 2015.  John was an outstanding public servant whose contributions to his nation, state and community were multifaceted. After serving in the U.S. Army, he received a Master of Public Administration degree from UT.  John went into city management working for the Cities of Abilene and San Antonio before serving as City Manager for Brownwood, Harlingen and Texarkana.  For over 20 years, John was the manager of Local Government Services for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, where he was (in essence) a free consultant for Texas cities.  He traveled the state offering assistance and guidance, sharing his experiences and best practices.  He tirelessly championed training opportunities for city officials, particularly in the remote regions of the state.

As a volunteer in his community of Rollingwood (near Austin), John served as mayor, city councilman, and board of adjustment member.  His memberships included the American Planning Association, Texas City Management Association, Texas Rural Leadership Program, Texas Rural Development Council, and Main Street Interagency Council.  John was a devoted husband and father, and a deacon in the United Presbyterian Church.

John was an outspoken advocate for Good Government, urging accountability.  In honor of his commitment to integrity at city hall, the Texas Center for Municipal Ethics will sponsor two annual awards in his name in the form of grants to be applied toward registration fees for education events, preferably sponsored by the Texas City Management Association and/or the American Planning Association (Texas Chapter).

For information on donating to the Clary scholarship fund, contact (512) 250-0411, or

The Texas Center for Municipal Ethics is striving hard to receive 501c3 status as a non-profit and foresee finalizing the process before 2017. Until then, donations are NOT tax deductible.