Mayor Rob Franke
Rob Franke was first elected to the Cedar Hill City Council in 1994 and served three years before being elected mayor in 1997. As mayor, Rob has led Cedar Hill through a period of unprecedented growth and economic expansion from a small rural town to a regional leader in sustainability, a retail and dining hub, and an up-and-coming tourism destination. During his tenure, the city's tax base has more than tripled, and the city's population has grown from 23,000 to almost 50,000 residents.
Rob is an advocate for regional collaboration and planning and believes that the region's most pressing issues can be successfully addressed through cooperation and partnerships. He is a former Chair of the 12-county Regional Transportation Council (RTC) through the North Central Texas Council of Governments, which guides the development of North Texas' transportation plans and programs and determines the allocation of federal, state, and regional transportation funds. Rob has also served as Chair of the Dallas Regional Mobility Commission (DRMC); Chair of the DRMC Legislative Committee; and Chair of the RTC Multimodal, Intermodal High Speed Rail Subcommittee. He was a Regional Director on the Texas Municipal League Board of Directors for Region 13 and was Region 13 President from 2004 to 2005.
Rob is committed to public safety. He has championed the development of partnerships with the Best Southwest cities of DeSoto, Duncanville, and Lancaster to address public safety needs, including a regional public safety dispatch center, a regional jail, a regional firearms training facility, regional emergency management, and regional fire protection agreements.
Rob has served in a leadership role in a variety of organizations in Cedar Hill, including the Economic Development Corporation, Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Best Southwest Chamber Board of Directors, Community Development Corporation, Northwood University Board of Governors, Cedar Hill Independent School District Educational Excellence Committee, and the Parks and Recreation Board.
A licensed Professional Engineer, Rob holds a degree in chemical engineering from Kansas State University. Rob is also a peacemaker with a master's degree in Dispute Resolution and Reconciliation from Abilene Christin University. He has built two successful engineering firms, providing a mix of civil and environmental engineering consulting services. Before starting his own firm, Rob worked for the EPA and for Fluor Daniel, a large engineering company, managing the cleanup of hazardous waste sites throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
Rob and his wife Jenaie, a Cedar Hill native, raised their three children in Cedar Hill and are blessed with 12 grandchildren. Rob and Jenaie are active in a number of community and faith-based organizations, including Cedar Hill Church of Christ, Transformation Vision Cedar Hill, Hope Mansion, Homeward Bound, and Texas Audubon.