Bill Keffler has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas since September of 2012. Prior to his position with the Diocese Bill was the City Manager for Richardson, Texas, acceding to such position in April 1995 after almost 18 years of service to the City of Richardson. He joined the City staff in 1977 as an administrative assistant, and in 1979 was named Assistant to the City Manager. He earned the position of Assistant City Manager in 1981, and was named Deputy City Manager in 1985, serving in that position until the retirement of former City Manager Bob Hughey.
Mr. Keffler holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in public administration from Texas Tech University. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, and the Texas City Management Association, currently serving as President. He also is a member of the North Texas City Management Association, which he served as President in 2000.
He served on the Quality Texas Board of Directors, the Advisory Board of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, and as an Ex-Officio member of the Metroplex Technology Business Council Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors of the Richardson Central Rotary Club from 1987 to 1997. He serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for the YMCA and is a member of the Leadership Richardson Advisory Board. He is on the Finance Committee of the St. Paul’s Catholic Church, and previously served as President of the School Board from 1999-2004 and Chairman of the Parish Advisory Council from 1989 to 1995. He is also a member of the Commission on Orders of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and previously served on the Pastoral Concerns Board from 1997-2001 and the Diocesan Personnel Board from 2001-2007. He also presently serves on the Advisory Board of The Catholic Foundation. He serves on the University of Texas at Dallas Development Board and on the Erik Jonsson’s School of Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board’s Executive Committee. He is also on the U.T. Dallas Advisory Council for the School of Economics, Political, and Policy Sciences. He served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Texas at Dallas, Graduate School of Public Affairs from 1992 to 1994 and currently serves on the school’s Advisory Board. He is a member of the North Texas Commission Board of Directors and also serves on its Executive Committee. He is also an Ex-Officio member of the Methodist Richardson Medical Center Advisory Board.
He was named “1986 Alumni of the Year” by The Center of Public Service at Texas Tech University; “Citizen of the Year” by the Richardson Central Rotary Club for 1992-93; was awarded the “Community Builder Award” in 1991 by the Richardson Masonic Lodge; and “Administrator of the Year” in 1996 by the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. He was listed as one of the “21 for the 21st Century” by Inside Collin County Business in 2000. He was also named “Outstanding Civil Servant” by the Richardson Jaycees in 1989, and he was honored in 1998 with the Samuel G. Winstead Award by the Richardson YMCA. In 2007, he was honored by the Dallas Parochial League with the “Max Wernich Award for Excellence in Positive Coaching” for contributions to athletic coaching.
Bill and his wife Chrissie have five children, Abby, Joe, Sam, Ellie and Will.