Tom Sherlen wants to bring a business mindset to the Amarillo City Council

Retired businessman Tom Scherlen is running for a second term on the Amarillo City Council in a bid to represent Council Seat 3. Sherlen, the current president of the Amarillo Senior Citizens Association and former CEO of Austin Hose, previously ran against Eddie Sauer in 2021, garnering 43 percent of the vote. Now he’s trying to unseat him since Sauer chose not to run for re-election. During his 38 years with the Austin Hose Company, Scherlen operated five locations in three states serving seven different states.

“I feel like I have something to offer with my business experience and I want to bring that experience to the city, being able to balance budgets and look at issues from a business perspective,” Sherlen said. “We really need to learn to listen to citizens as their representatives.”

Sherlen said one example of the city’s unwillingness to address a problem was the reactionary nature of the previous council’s failure to address solid waste staffing issues last year, which led to a temporary suspension of twice-weekly pickups. The pick-up schedule resumed in early January.

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