Joe R. Zimmerman

Zimmerman was elected the 10th Mayor of Sugar Land on June 11, 2016 after serving four years as the At-Large, Position 2, City Councilman. He serves on the Economic Development Committee, Inter-Governmental Relations Committee, Sugar Land Development Corporation Board, 4b Board, TIRZ 4 Board and as the COSL representative to the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council. Prior to being elected to City Council, he was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for eight years, serving six years as Chairman. He is a 2015 graduate of the Sugar Land Regional Airport Academy.

Professional, Civic & Community

Mr. Zimmerman is the Director of Development for Cobb Fendley & Associates, Inc., a private civil engineering consulting firm founded in 1980. He has extensive business experience having served in senior management positions in a number of different industries including consulting engineering, water and wastewater operations, land acquisition/land development/homebuilding as well as an international assignment in Libya. Mr. Zimmerman served as Vice Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce from 2000-2001 and 2013-2015. He has served on the boards of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend, Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority and Beechnut Street, Inc., which is associated with Houston Baptist University.


He and his wife of 40 years, Nancy, have lived in Sugar Land since 1990 and are active members of Second Baptist Church Woodway. Their daughter, Allison, her husband Chris Wallace, granddaughter Emmy, and grandson Campbell live in Houston.


May 2016 - 2018


  • Professional Engineer, State of Texas
  • Houston Baptist University, MBA
  • University of Houston, BSCE
  • Sharpstown High School, Houston