About Mayor Scarcella

Mayor Leonard Scarcella was first elected as Mayor of the City of Stafford in 1969. He is one of the longest, continuous serving mayor in the U.S. For 49 years, he has led this City on one of the most successful – – and storied – – journeys of any city in Texas. His leadership and vision have been the springboard to numerous unique and innovative achievements, including:

  • The five year battle to create and implement the Stafford Municipal School District, the only breakaway school district in the nation to gain the approval of the federal courts and the only municipal school district in Texas.
  • The elimination of the city property tax in 1995 for all taxpayers, commercial and residential, through a sound and disciplined fiscal approach, making Stafford the largest city in Texas to abolish city property taxes and gaining national acclaim for the achievement.
  • The planning and development of the Stafford Centre, a unique entertainment and cultural complex with a 1,100 seat performing arts theatre, 25,000 square feet of convention center space and festival fields on 43 acres of property in the heart of the City, opened in 2004 and has attracted many name performers while entertaining over 4 million guests.
  • The obtaining of trend setting legislation, then financing and constructing a state-of-the-art, science and technology center for the Houston Community College on the Stafford Campus as the first such authorized city/college educational facility in the state and funded under a unique lease/payback arrangement.
  • The development of one of the strongest and most diverse economies per capita in Texas.
  • The implementation of zoning in 1997, after a thirteen year battle, to preserve the integrity of Stafford and protect residential home values.
  • The $110 million enhancement of the U.S. 90A corridor, in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation and Union Pacific Railroad, including installing underpasses at FM 1092 and Stafford Road/Staffordshire Road and one overpass at Dulles Avenue, widening of North and South Main Streets the length of the city, moving the railroad tracks 100 feet northerly for safety and mobility purposes, especially for emergency vehicles, and revitalizing the commercialization of the old business district enhanced with beautiful landscaping.
  • The initiation of the Stafford Municipal/ Educational Television Station (SMETV) to bring vital, current and informative programming about the City to the citizens and businesses via cable and Internet video streaming.


Mayor Scarcella is a life-long resident of Stafford and has practiced law in the City for 51 years.

  • Attended grade school in old Missouri City School District and was graduated from Missouri City High School in 1958.
  • Graduated from Texas A&M University with B.B.A. in Accounting in 1962
  • Attended University of Houston Law School; admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1967
  • Served in the Texas Air National Guard with active duty in the United States Air Force, 1963 – 1969; attained the rank of Sergeant
  • First elected Mayor of the City of Stafford in 1969, and re-elected to successive two year terms
  • Elected to and served on Fort Bend County W.C.&I.D. #2 Board of Directors from 1963 – 1969; President of Board from 1966 – 1969
  • Elected and served as first President of Board of Directors – Fort Bend County Industrial Development Corporation (Composed of 13 Mayors, County Commissioners and County Judge of Fort Bend County) from 1981 – 1985
  • Houston Community College System Board of Trustees named the Scarcella Science and Technology Center on the HCC Stafford Campus in his honor in 1998
  • Chairman of the City of Stafford’s original Home Rule Charter Commission, 2003 – 2004
  • President of the Stafford Economic Development Corporation from 1999 to 2015
  • Appointed by Mayors of Fort Bend County to the position of Director of Gulf Coast Rail District in 2007; reappointed to consecutive terms and continues to serve on the Board
  • Lifelong member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Missouri City, Texas

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick wrote in his Proclamation to Mayor Scarcella,
“You are a shining star for Texans everywhere.”