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Government City

The Government of Pasadena operates under a Mayor-Council form of government with a mayor and eight council members who are responsible for enacting legislation, adopting budgets and setting policies.

Pasadena is a city within Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. As of the 2010 U.S. Census , the city's population is 149,043making it the seventeenth most populous city in the state of Texas as well as the second-largest city in Harris County . The area was founded in 1893 by John H. Burnett of Galveston and named the area after Pasadena, California because of the perceived lush vegetation. The Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department is the largest all volunteer municipal fire department in the United States.

Mayor Johnny Isbell
Mayor's office: (713) 475-5501
Email: themayor@ci.pasadena.tx.us
Mayor's Action Line: (713) 475-5555

City Hall
1211 Southmore
Pasadena, TX 77502

Emergency Management
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Office of Emergency Management location
Police Building - 2nd floor
1201 Davis
Pasadena, Texas 77506
PH: (713) 475-5588
FAX: (713) 477-9364
Email: oem@ci.pasadena.tx.us
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Dispatch for Duty officer on call 24 hours per day - 713-475-7800
Mailing Address
Office of Emergency Management
City of Pasadena
P.O. Box 672
Pasadena, Texas 77501-0672
Department Mission and Purpose
The Emergency Management Department is responsible for protecting the citizens of Pasadena before, during, and after any and all disasters. These disasters can include man-made events such as chemical spills and transportation accidents, or natural events such as severe storms, floods, and hurricanes.
The Department accomplishes this mission through:
  • Planning the City's response to major disasters and coordinating these plans with industry, business, and citizens;
  • Training City employees, elected officials, the industrial-business sector, and citizens in emergency planning and operations;
  • Testing emergency plans and procedures through simulated disasters;
  • Responding to actual events as part of the City's emergency services;
  • Notifying the public of immediate threats using the City's emergency alert systems such as the outdoor sirens; and,
  • Educating all citizens about disasters and ways to protect themselves
  • Services and Programs
    Emergency Management offers a variety of services and programs to City government, business, industry, and the public. All services can be obtained by calling the office phone number 713- 475-5588
  • Education - literature, brochures, videos, and other training materials. Topics include weather, chemicals, shelter-in-place with our Stay Inside and Stay Alive campaign and more. Videos are available through both the office and the Pasadena Main Library.
  • Speakers - available for any civic meeting, business, school, or other organization; topics can be customized to your group's interests and age. General topics include shelter-in-place, homeowner protection, weather, chemicals, animal protection, and more.
  • Technical Consulting - emergency planning and technical research. Staff members can assist your group with developing emergency plans, finding data and other resources, and providing technical expertise in topics such as chemical hazards.
  • Technical Response - the department, along with Fire and Police, comprises the City's emergency services. Public notification assistance can be provided to business or industry impacted by a disaster.
  • Plan Repository - the Department, in conjunction with the Southeast Regional Local Emergency Planning Committee, is the official repository for local industry emergency plans. Plans are available for review or copy through written request to both the Dept. and the SERLEPC. Only non-confidential information may be obtained.
  • Volunteer Coordination - the Department works with a variety of volunteer groups on disaster management issues. Volunteer services including hosting meetings, assisting with network arrangements, and providing limited administrative support.
  • Volunteer Opportunities
    Emergency Management works with various volunteer groups on a number of disaster management issues. Any citizen, business, or civic group can become a volunteer. Call our office phone at 713-473-5588


Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department

Preserving life and Property since 1930


Mission Statement
The mission of the Pasadena Fire Department is to prevent and minimize the loss of life and property of the Citizens and fire service personnel; to mitigate the consequences of natural and man-made disasters; to provide emergency and non-emergency support services; and to safeguard the environment and economic base of our Community.

The Pasadena Fire Department Administrative Offices are located at Corrigan Center, (northeast corner of Shaw and Pasadena Blvd.) 1001 E. Shaw, Suite B-100, Pasadena, TX 77506.

Our Administrative Office staff member, Teresa White, may be contacted at 713.475.5554 or fax 713.475.5546 or you may contact her by email .

Fire Education Programs
Public Fire Education programs may be arranged for speakers and fire apparatus to visit your school, organizational meeting or homeowners' association and present a program on fire safety. Contact the Fire Marshals' Office at 713.475.5556 to schedule a program.
Health Department

City of Pasadena Health Department
1114 Davis St.
Pasadena, Texas 77506
(713) 475-5529

Mailing address: PO Box 672, Pasadena TX 77501

The Health Department issues certified copies of birth and death certificates. In addition, the department is also responsible for the following:

  • Weed mowing program: inspection and mowing of weeds on vacant lots
  • Food sanitation: inspection of food establishments to enforce sanitation standards; issues annual food permits
  • Rodent and insect vector control: consultation and inspection of premises
  • Permits and licenses: issues permits for swimming pools and septic tanks; conducts inspection prior to permitting of dance hall, day care centers and wrecking yards
  • Inspection of hotels, motels, etc.
  • Enforces city ordinances related to health issues, such as the City's smoking ordinance regulations effective September 1, 2007 and new regulations on the disposal of fats, oils and grease. You may read and download the regulation details here . You may also download the required Health Department permit application here . PDF

The Health Department may also be able to provide speakers on topics related to public health and animal control. Officials with the department are available for consultation on new businesses or renovation of existing businesses.

Human Resources
Main: (713) 475-5523
Fax: (713) 475-7204

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 672
Pasadena, TX 77501

Human Resources Mission Statement

The mission of Human Resources is to ensure that all departments are aligned with the goals and objectives of the City. Human Resources is responsible for the effective management of key processes such as employment, compensation, employee development, performance management, policy design and communication, and employee benefit program administration.
Municipal Court and traffic ticket information
The Pasadena Municipal Court has established policies and procedures for resolving traffic tickets and other fine-only misdemeanors in accordance with state law, but with a minimum of inconvenience. Before you attempt to resolve the case(s) against you, you should read carefully the content of the citation and handout that were given to you by the officer. You may want to seek the advice of a lawyer.
The full text of a traffic citation is reproduced below. In it, you will find a link to forms that you may download if you wish to apply for deferred disposition or a driving safety course. Additionally, you will find a list of “window fines” and cases that may be dismissed before court either in person or by mail. You will need an Acrobat Reader to access these files. (You may download a copy of the reader at no charge here .)
Click here for Municipal Court contact information and directions.

Allow ten days from the date of the violation before coming to or calling the court about the violations.

TO PAY IN PERSON: You may appear at the court in person during business hours stated above to make payment. The court will accept CASH (exact amount preferred), CHECK, MONEY ORDER, and ALL MAJOR BANK CARDS (either debit or credit cards).

PAYMENT, DRIVING SAFETY COURSE AND DEFERRED DISPOSITION BY MAIL: You may pay your fine, request deferred disposition or a driving safety course by mail. Complete information was offered to you at the time you received a citation. To pay your fine, detach the plea of guilty or no contest at the bottom of the citation and mail it to the Pasadena Municipal Court at the address noted on the ticket.

RESETTING YOUR COURT DATE: A court date may be reset one time without the Judge's approval. To reset a court date, you must do so in person at the Municipal Court during business hours stated above during business hours stated above, but before your appearance date. On your appearance day, the case must be reset by the judge in court.

APPEARANCE ON COURT DATE: If you have not previously appeared in writing or by attorney, paid or rescheduled, you are required to appear in court at the date and time stated on your ticket.

PROPER ATTIRE REQUIRED: Shorts, tank tops, halter tops and flip flops are not permitted in Court.

FAILURE TO APPEAR IN COURT: Failure to appear or failure to pay fines may result in 1. Denial of renewal of your Driver's License; 2. Denial of your renewal of your vehicle registration; 3. The filing of an additional charge of failure to appear and the issuance of a warrant for your arrest.

JUVENILES: If you are under age 17, you cannot pre-pay the fine. State law requires that you appear in court with a parent or legal guardian. A child under 17 and parent required to appear before the Court have the obligation to provide the court in writing with the current address and residence of the child. The obligation does not end when the child reaches the age 17. On or before the seventh day after the date the child or parent changes residence, the child or parent shall notify the court of the current address in the manner directed by the court. A violation may result in arrest and is a Class C misdemeanor. The obligation to provide notice terminates on discharge and satisfaction of the judgment or final disposition not requiring a finding of guilt. If an appellate court accepts an appeal for a trial de novo, the child and parent shall provide the notice to the appellate court.

ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO VIOLATIONS: Persons under the age of 18 charged with tobacco violations and persons under the age of 21 charged with alcohol violations may not pay prior to court by mail or in person, but must appear in court.

RENEWAL SURCHARGES: A conviction of an offense under a traffic law of this state or a political subdivision of this state may result in the assessment on your driver's license of a surcharge under the Driver Responsibility Program.

INSURANCE VIOLATIONS: “A second or subsequent conviction of an offense under the Texas Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act will result in the suspension of your driver's license and motor vehicle registration unless you file and maintain evidence of financial responsibility with the Department of Public Safety for two years from the date of the conviction. The department may waive the requirement to file evidence of financial responsibility if you file satisfactory evidence with the department showing that at the time this citation was issued, the vehicle was covered by a motor vehicle liability insurance policy or that you were otherwise exempt from the requirements to provide evidence of financial responsibility.”

DRIVING SAFETY COURSE: “You may be able to require that this charge be dismissed by taking a driving safety course. However, you will lose that right if you do not provide written notice to the court on or before your appearance date of your desire to do so.” This right applies to one charge only and is subject to the further conditions on the enclosed information and application.

FAMILY VIOLENCE: “If you are convicted of a misdemeanor offense involving violence where you are or were a spouse or intimate partner, parent, or guardian of the victim or are or were involved in another similar relationship with the victim, it may be unlawful for you to possess or purchase a firearm, including a handgun or long gun, or ammunition pursuant to federal law under 18 U.S.C. Section 922(g)(9) or Section 46.04(b) Texas Penal Code. If you have any questions whether these laws make it illegal for you to possess or purchase a firearm, you should consult an attorney.”

You may download a brief form with a waiver of right to jury trial and plea of guilty/no contest here . Print out the form, fill out all required information, attach your check or money order in the correct amount, and mail to the address shown on the form.

DEFERRED DISPOSITION AND DRIVING SAFETY COURSE: Information on deferred disposition and the driving safety course is available here in Adobe PDF format so that you may review it online or download and print it out. It requires the free Acrobat Reader to access this file. (You may download a copy of the Reader at no charge here .) This information sheet also contains a schedule of window fines for common traffic and state law violations, and a list of cases that may be dismissed before court by mail or in person.

WARRANT COURT: Warrant Court takes place each Thursday at 8 a.m. in Court Room #1. Warrant Court affords the opportunity to clear your warrant by payment of at least $100 and acceptance of the terms of a payment plan for the balance of what may be owed. The $100 payment option, however, does not apply to persons for whom a capias pro fine has been issued for unpaid fines. You should call the warrant line at 713-475-5559 for assistance with this and other questions. Persons wishing to take advantage of this program should appear in person on a Thursday morning. Persons wishing to plead 'not guilty' will be required to post a bond to secure a trial date.

Traffic Ticket and Warrant Look-up: You may search for outstanding traffic tickets and warrants by clicking here and entering the required information.
City of Pasadena Police Department
The mission of the Pasadena Police Department is to lawfully safeguard the lives and liberties of our community.
Department Organization
Recruiting for the 67th Academy Class is now closed. Details on job description, physical requirements, pay and other relevant general information are available as individual PDF files.

The Academy in-service training calendar, participant information, and class descriptions for July to December, 2013 may be viewed here .

The Pasadena Police Department is under the command of Chief of Police, Michael W. Thaler . He is assisted in command of the department by three Assistant Chiefs of Police. Assistant Chief Michael P. Jackson oversees the Support Services Bureau. Assistant Chief Susan L. Clifton oversees the Investigations Bureau. Assistant Chief Joshua Bruegger oversees the Operations Bureau.

Please select from the side menu to view information regarding specific services within the Department.

For the Police Department (non-emergency) call 713-477-1221


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