City Council

  • Mayor Robert Olmsted Jr. 

  • Personal Description: My wife Babette and I are both life long residents and graduates of Shallowater.  We have two sons, Zac and Mac.  I enjoy spending time with my family and outdoor activities.


    Goals as a councilman: My hope is to see Shallowater grow and prosper as a community, while maintaining that friendly "small town" attitude, which makes Shallowater a great place to live. 


    Description of Careers:  I am a graduate of Texas Tech University, spent 25 years in retail and currently run my own business, Tile & More. 

  • Councilman Keny Arnold

  • Personal Description: My family has been residents of the Shallowater area since 1914.  My wife, Lynzi and I have resided in our current home since 1995.  We have 3 children: Tory 39 or Runaway Bay, Staci 37 of Garland, and T.R. 35 of Lubbock.  We also have three grandchildren.  Lynzi and I are members of the First Methodist Church of Shallowater.  I am also a member of the Lubbock County Historical Commission, Museum of modern Agriculture and Texas Tech Museum Association.


    Goals as a councilman: My goals are to provide for the best community possible in the most efficient and economical manner possible.  Preserving our heritage as an upstanding community and a city of which we can be proud.  


    Description of Careers:  I am a graduate of Shallowater High School.  I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas Tech University.  I taught Vocational Agriculture at Shallowater High School from 1970 to 1974.  I am a pilot and was involved in flying from 1974 to 1976.  I was a City of Lubbock Professional Firefighter for 26 years 1976 until retirement 2002.  I taught Fire Technology Courses for South Plains College.  I have been a farmer/cattleman in the area since 1966 to the present. I also serve as a mediator for the Dispute Resolution Center of Lubbock.

  • Councilman Rodney Cates

  • Personal Description: My family and I have been residents of Shallowater since 1995.  My wife, Randa, is a school teacher with the Shallowater Independent School District.  We have two grown children that graduated from Shallowater High School.


    Goals as a councilman:  My goals are to provide the community with a great place to live and raise a family plus create opportunities for local businesses to grow and prosper.


    Description of Careers:  I received my BS degree from Lubbock Christian University and my Masters degree from Texas Tech University.  I am currently the VP of Human Resources for Covenant Health System and have been with the organization for 11 years.  Previously, I was the Director of Human Resources for Texas Instruments in Lubbock and Midland, Texas. I was with Texas Instruments for 19 years.

  • Tory “TJ” McAuley

  • Personal Description:

    My wife and I have lived in Shallowater for many years. I am a Shallowater graduate as were our two children. We are independent business owners in the Shallowater community.


    Goals as a Councilman: Continue the work of previous councils and city employees to ensure our community is a safe and affordable place to live. To continue to move our city towards water independence and security for ourselves and future generations. To expand opportunity for business startups and success in our city.


    Description of Careers: I served over 20 years helping people through the Lubbock police department. I served 10 years with the Shallowater fire department and 2 years with the Shallowater EMS. I have served as the Municipal Judge for the city for 18 years. As stated above my wife and I are business owners in the community.


  • Councilman Norman Moore

  • Personal Description: I was raised in Shallowater and graduated from Shallowater High School in 1988.  I left Shallowater shortly after that for service in the military.  After the military I moved back to Shallowater with my family. I have 4 children who attend school in Shallowater.  My wife is also a teacher with the Shallowater Independent School District. Our family attends 12th Street Church of Christ in Shallowater.  


    Goals as a councilman:  My goals are to provide the community with a great place to live and raise a family plus create opportunities for local businesses to grow and prosper.

    Description of Careers:  I received my BSW degree from Lubbock Christian University and my Masters of Education degree from Wayland Baptist University. 

  • Councilman Chris Cody

  • Personal Description: I have been a lifelong resident of Shallowater and my wife Sarah has lived here the last four years. We do not have kids yet but are ready for them whenever the Lord blesses us with them. I enjoy spending time with my wife and cherishing every minute I have with her because as we all know, this life is very short. We also love spending time with our family and friends. We have three dogs and enjoy many outdoor activities, including tending to our vegetable garden.


    Goals as a Councilman: My goals as a councilman will be to use my experience and ability, given to me by God, to help Shallowater capitalize on many opportunities for growth while still maintaining the “small town” atmosphere we all know and love. Shallowater is such a wonderful place to live and raise a family, therefore it is important to ensure the city’s funds and services are used in the most efficient way possible to help maintain our rich tradition. My aim will be to assist in any way I can and always be available to every citizen with any thoughts, concerns or ideas to help our town grow and prosper the right way.


    Description of Careers: I am a graduate of Lubbock Christian University and I spent 10 years in public accounting before opening up my own tax & accounting practice, Cody Accounting & Tax Services. I have extensive experience in individual and business taxation as well as other areas pertaining to general accounting.


  • City Attorney Will Griffis 

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