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 and a vision for our community


"I believe I have the heartfelt commitment, knowledge, skills and experience to shape Bastrop’s future as your advocate on City Council." -Lyle Nelson


Whatever the challenges

Army service, a career in public transportation or recent service as president of the Hunters Crossing Homeowners Association — Lyle has consistently demonstrated a full-out embrace of his responsibilities and service with distinction.  

“It’s just the way I’m wired, the way I was raised and the way that gives me great satisfaction,” he states.  “It’s who I am and what you can expect of me as your City Council representative and advocate.”


What I bring to the job

From my first job sorting returned soda bottles at a neighborhood grocery store to my current work as Chief of Staff at the Capital Rural Transportation System (CARTS), of which Bastrop is a key community, I’ve learned…

  • The value of putting “shoulder to the plow”—the inherent satisfaction of doing the job well, an appreciation for the hard work that I see others doing and a fearlessness in tackling difficult challenges.

  • How to work with people—customers, staff and management and dealing with governmental and corporate officials.

  • How to serve the public and the public interest—listening, advocating for people’s needs, solving problems and resolving conflicts to get better strategic and operational solutions for the public.

  • How to skillfully manage resources in both private and public sectors, a mastery of logistics and uninterrupted performance.

  • The critically important role that long term planning plays in effective local government, and the annual need to budget to the plan and the endless need to tune timelines and outcomes as the needs of the local community evolve.

  • How to find my way through the corporate and government structures (often bureaucratic), and the legislative arena (often heavily politicized) to get done what needs doing.

  • An ability to understand and develop public-private partnerships and intergovernmental partnerships where, for example, the City, Bastrop County and the Bastrop Independent School District can pool resources to better and more cost-effectively serve the public.

  • An awareness of and respect for the laws that govern local governments like the City and of the persistent need to ensure that the organization I work for lives up to the letter and the spirit of the law.

  • How to develop, manage and oversee multi-million dollar budgets and gauge the success of those budgets in achieving their outcomes.


Highlights of my career include…

  • Since 2009, Chief of Staff of the Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS). Concurrently, a two-term Texas delegate to the Community Transportation Association of America and chair of the Capital Area Regional Coordination Committee of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Association (CAMPO)

  • From 1985 to 2009, an executive of the Brazos Transit District (BTD), first as Associate Administrator for Eastern Operations (a three-county area), next as Assistant General Manager for BTD’s expanded eastern operations (nine counties) and as Senior Vice-President for Operations and Governmental Affairs (over 24 counties).  Responsibilities included transitioning rural transportation programs into urbanized systems, creating specific programs serving the elderly, disabled and veterans.

  • During the 1980’s,  worked with the City of Houston’s Aviation Department, first as a contractor overseeing remote parking operations at Hobby airport—then undergoing a major expansion.  Subsequently joined the City’s Airport Operation Division which managed all airport operations, including liaison with private carriers and the Federal Aviation Administration.

  • In 1971, served in the U.S. Army, initially as an Armor Crewman, then as a Gunner and ultimately a Tank Commander.   Qualified for distinction in the latter two assignments.

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