With an extensive background in law enforcement and the Navy, Assistant City Manager Michael Kramm has a tough exterior, but those who know him best know he is a family man who loves spending time in his hometown with his wife, sons and four-legged companions.
What do you do?
As an Assistant City Manager, I have Police, Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, Communications and Finance departments underneath me, so I do a little bit of everything, but I’m lucky to have really good people in charge of all these areas. What I like is that there’s something new to do every day, because there are so many things that go on in the City. No two days are the same.
What is your background?
I grew up in League City, went to school here and graduated from Clear Creek High School in 1983. I served four years in the Navy, where I spent a year on an island called Diego Garcia by the Indian Ocean and then spent the rest of my time in Norfolk, Virginia. I left the Navy after Operation Desert Storm.
How long have you worked for the City?
I’ve worked for the City since 1993. I started out as a police officer and was promoted through the ranks, eventually becoming Police Chief in 2012. I served as Chief until January of 2017, when John Baumgartner asked me to become assistant city manager.
What was it like moving from Police Chief to Assistant City Manager?
Honestly, it wasn’t all that different because as chief I was an administrator, so I relied on my staff to take care of daily operations. As a chief, you’re involved with more of the direction of the department and policy which is similar to what I do now.
Hobbies outside of work?
I really like to work on my house in different improvement projects, like put in walls, fixtures, repairs and remodeling. Before the Navy, I helped a college roommate remodel a house in Connecticut and that gave me a good taste of remodeling, so I loved it after that. I’m also working on restoring a 1976 Harley Davidson Electra Glide that my dad bought in 1976.
Tell us about your family life:
My family grew up in League City and lives here. I’ve been married to my wife Melinda since 1996 and we have two sons, Greyson and Coleman. I have three rescue dogs, Jake is an 11-year-old yellow lab, Max is a 6-year-old Doberman and Stud is a 10-month-old terrier mix.
My son plays basketball at Clear Creek on Buddy Carslile court and I played for Buddy Carslile, he was my coach in high school.
Three words to describe yourself:
Trustworthy, honest, and loyal.
Favorite memory in League City:
I took my wife on our first date to my favorite tree in Rustic Oaks Park along Magnolia Creek.
I like to read a lot, my favorite book is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
Esteban’s Mexican street tacos every time.