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Learn about the Team at Fort Worth Special Assessment Bonds, including our City Manager, Debt and Compliance Manager, and Assistant Director of Finance.
David Cooke became Fort Worth’s city manager June 30, 2014, following a national search.
With extensive experience in high growth urban areas, Cooke has provided myriad local government services to the City of Charlotte and Wake County, both in North Carolina. His experience includes managing large public organizations with growing capital infrastructure and daily public service needs. The City of Charlotte is approaching 800,000 in population and Wake County is approaching one million citizens.
In January 2014, he was hired by Mulkey Engineers and Consultants, a full service civil engineering firm located in Cary, N.C., to be its newest principal and director of business development. As county manager for Wake County he oversaw an organization of 3,600 employees with a $1.2 billion operating budget.
Cooke was instrumental in leading 13 successful bond referenda, and helped recruit companies like Fidelity Investments, Novartis, and Metlife to Wake County. He successfully implemented partnerships with municipalities, including the development and operation of a regional landfill, the planning and implementation of the Raleigh Convention Center, the Neuse River Greenway, open space acquisitions, and public safety communications.
Cooke received his undergraduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982 and continued at the university to receive a masters in public administration in 1984.
As Debt and Compliance Manager for the City of Fort Worth, Alex oversees all long-term debt activities, which includes the management of nearly $2.9 billion in outstanding debt, investment of proceeds, post-issuance compliance, debt budgeting and accounting, as well as rating agency and investor relations. Prior to joining the City, Alex served as a credit ratings analyst for S&P covering local governments and other special districts across the Southern U.S. region. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Arkansas.