As a Borger native, Garrett began serving his community on the Borger City Council as a Council Member and then as Mayor Pro Tem from 2005 - 2008. After his time on the City Council, Garrett worked as a Part-Time police officer until moving to full-time in April 2010. Garrett worked his way up through the Police Department, serving as a patrol corporal, patrol sergeant, administrative sergeant, and Support Services Lieutenant overseeing criminal investigations, information technology, public relations, animal services, and state compliance. In June 2018, Garrett became part of the City's management team as the Assistant to the City Manager, where he handled special projects, including the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone. Garrett was promoted to Assistant City Manager in October 2019, and the City Council appointed Garrett to serve as City Manager starting April 1, 2021.
As a collaborative, data-driven municipal professional, Garrett works to improve transparency and public engagement and has led the efforts to formalize the City's Community Investment Program (CIP). Garrett has worked on and helped develop award-winning collaborative projects, including a regional Urban Interface Hazard Mitigation Program recognized with a Texas Municipal Excellence Award in 2010 and a Private-Public Fire Training Partnership recognized with a Texas Municipal Excellence Award in 2011. Garrett leads by example to inspire, motivate, and develop others to achieve more than they believed they could. He also teaches performance management as part of Texas Tech’s Certified Public Manager Program.
Garrett earned both his Master of Public Administration (MPA) and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas Tech University and is a Certified Public Manager. Garrett has also held certifications as a Master Peace Officer License, T.C.O.L.E. Instructor, Arson Investigator, Fire Investigator, Fire Inspector, Plans Examiner, and E.M.T. Basic. Garrett is active in the Panhandle City Managers Association, Texas City Managers Association, International City/County Management Association, and the Government Finance Officers Association.