Dr. Shawn Oubre possesses 31 years of managerial experience within the public sector, spanning both the municipal administration and public safety realms. He began his career as a police officer and detective with the City of Port Arthur and quickly ascended the ranks to take on the dual position of Chief of Police and City Manager for the City of Vidor. Prior to his move to Woodway, Dr. Oubre served as the City Manager of Orange, Texas, for 13 years.
Throughout his time leading the City of Orange, Dr. Oubre not only oversaw 194 employees and all city services, but he also managed the City’s 4B Economic Development Corporation which allowed for the utilization of sales tax proceeds to fund projects that promoted new or expanded business development and municipal endeavors such as infrastructure upgrades and quality of life improvements. Most notably, Dr. Oubre is extremely well-versed in the intricacies of risk assessment and emergency management – a valuable and vital skill that he has demonstrated numerous times throughout his tenure at Orange. Under Dr. Oubre’s expert leadership, the City of Orange and its citizens were successfully directed through the complex administrative phases and recovery efforts surrounding the four major hurricanes that have affected the Texas Gulf Coast since 2005.
Additionally, Dr. Oubre has diverse experience and expertise in teaching all aspects of civil management and policing in both higher education circles and professional fields. He has consistently instructed public administration and police academy courses at Lamar University and Lamar State College, as well as finance modules at the Texas State University’s Certified Public Manager School. Passionate about education, he has also served on the Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation for 13 years and initiated the formation of 11 endowments and the collection of over $1.7 million in scholarship funds for deserving students. Simultaneously, Dr. Oubre has remained very active in the Texas Municipal League, the Texas City Managers Association, as well as several public service organizations such as: