Rich Krause TML Award

Heath City Councilmember Rich Krause Earns Leadership Fellow Distinction

Heath City Councilmember Rich Krause was one of 60 elected or appointed City officials from around the state who was named a Leadership Fellow of the Texas Municipal League during an awards ceremony in Austin on August 22.

Councilman Krause became a Leadership Fellow upon completing an extensive leadership development program held over the past three months. The TML Academy’s faculty of university professors, thought leaders, and governing officials counseled participants on how to critique their own decisions and actions, and develop the competencies to excel in their leadership role. The faculty included Ambassador Ron Kirk and David Spivey, Ph.D., founder/director of UTD’s Executive Leadership Development program.

Participants explored the principles and characteristics of ethical leadership, learned to build trust and community, discovered ways to improve team-building and communication skills to lead people through change, and practiced negotiation for strategic influence. They discussed local issues in the broader leadership context, with the goal of applying learnings to their public service role, and benefit their cities and residents.

Councilman Krause has served on the City Council since 2009. Prior to his election, he served on the Board of Adjustments (2004-2009), the Comprehensive Plan Committee (2006-2008), and was Chairman of the 2010 Census Committee. A graduate of the Heath Department of Public Safety’s first Citizens Academy Councilman Krause has lived in Heath with his family since 1995. He may be reached at

Created in 1913, the Texas Municipal League is a nonprofit organization that provides legal guidance, legislative advocacy, publications, training and networking opportunities to officials from 1,142 cities in Texas.