Tom Scherlen wants to bring business mindset to Amarillo City Council

Retired businessman Tom Scherlen is making a second run for Amarillo City Council in an effort to represent Place 3 on the council. Scherlen, the current president of the Amarillo Senior Citizens Association and former CEO of Austin Hose, previously ran against Eddy Sauer in 2021, garnering 43% of the vote. He is now looking to supplant him, as Sauer chose not to run for reelection. During his 38 years with the company Austin Hose, Scherlen ran five branches in three states servicing seven different states.

“I feel like I have a lot to offer with my business experience, and I want to bring that kind of experience with the city, being able to balance budgets and looking at problems from a business perspective,” Scherlen said. “We really need to learn to listen to the citizens as their representatives.”

Scherlen said that one example of the city not being prepared to deal with a problem was the reactionary nature of the previous council’s inability to deal with the solid waste personnel issues last year, which led to a temporary stoppage of twice-a-week pickup. The pickup schedule resumed at the beginning of January.

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