College Station City Manager Frank Simpson died Saturday afternoon of an apparent heart attack. He was 49.
Simpson collapsed at his home shortly before 3 p.m. and was taken to College Station Medical Center, where he passed away at 3:49 p.m.
Deputy City Manager Kathy Merrill will serve as acting city manager.
The College Station City Council unanimously named Simpson city manager on March 28. He served two months as interim city manager after David Neeley retired in January. Prior to that, Simpson was College Station’s deputy city manager, overseeing public works, water services, and the electric utility.
“We are all deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Frank's passing,” College Station Mayor Nancy Berry said. “While he had only recently started his tenure as city manager, Frank's passion for this community was evident every day. He will be sorely missed by our council, city staff and all who knew and worked with him. Our prayers are with his family."
Simpson came to College Station in 2011 after serving as city manager of Missouri City for seven years (2004-11). He previously was the city manager of Webster (2001-04) and Center (1995-01), and was an assistant city manager in La Marque (1994-95).
Simpson began his long municipal government career as a public utilities worker for the City of College Station in 1986 while attending Texas A&M. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1988 and a master’s in public administration from A&M in 1990. Simpson worked in various administrative capacities with the City of College Station from 1989-93.
Simpson and his wife, Kelly, have three children.
A public visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7:30 p.m. at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at 2541 Earl Rudder Freeway. A rosary will follow the visitation.
A memorial service is set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the church, followed by a reception. The graveside service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Frank’s memory to the American Heart Association or to the Frank Simpson Children’s College Trust Fund, care of Prosperity Bank in College Station.