About

Team

Learn about the Team at Fort Worth Water & Sewer Bonds, including our City Manager, CFO, and Debt and Compliance Manager.

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David Cooke

City Manager
David.Cooke@fortworthtexas.gov

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.

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Reggie Zeno

CFO
(817) 392-8500

Prior to the City of Fort Worth, Reginald (Reggie) Zeno has been finance director for the City of Cincinnati since June 2010. He was finance director for the City of New Orleans from 2002-2010 and held chief of staff and budget director positions for Transit Management of Southeast Louisiana from 2000-2002. He also worked for the New Orleans Public Schools from 1980-2000 in several positions, including interim chief financial officer for several years.

Zeno is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, where he serves as a reviewer for the Distinguished Budget Award Program.

Zeno holds bachelor of science in business administration and master of business administration degrees from Tulane University.

Alex Laufer

Debt and Compliance Manager
(817) 392-2268
alex.laufer@fortworthtexas.gov

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.

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John Samford

Director of Finance
(817) 392-2318
john.samford@fortworthtexas.gov