Shaffstall said he received a bachelor’s from UNT in 2001 in communications studies and political science.
Shaffstall, who was involved in speech and debate in high school, said he taught speech and debate but became tired of talking about government and decided he wanted to get involved.
He obtained his MPA at UNT in 2005 and joined the City of Hillsboro, Shaffstall said, doing special projects for the city for mainstreet and economic development.
During a brief stint in the City of Dallas’ city manager’s office, Shaffstall said his wife, Amanda, who is a speech pathologist, received a job opportunity that moved them from Dallas to Hawaii for a year.
Shaffstall said he has spent his time in Richland Hills handling issues such as business retention and expansion, incentive negotiation, small business assistance and tourism attraction.
City infrastructure and planning for growth have also been a part of his responsibilities, Shaffstall said.
Shaffstall, who is married and has a 1-year-old son, said he enjoys living outside the big city.
One of the first things he wants to do is work with the city council to develop a formal set of goals for both the short term and long term, according to Shaffstall.
Another goal he discussed with the council is bringing the best practices to the city while working on a budget and understanding the realistic constraints the city has, Shaffstall said.
Though he expects the city’s elected officials to play a strong role in defining what changes occur, Shaffstall said he does believe the city has some issues that need to be addressed, such as repairing and improving the water system, as well as planning for future water needs.