Director of Houston Department of Neighborhoods appointed

On April 24, the Houston City Council officially made Herbert Sims the permanent director of the Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Sims has served as interim director since February 2024.

As DON director, Sims will oversee five divisions to help resolve neighborhood concerns and improve quality of life. The divisions include Inspections and Public Service, Mayor’s Assistance Office, Mayor’s Office of Gang Prevention and Intervention, Office of Neighborhood Engagement and Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities.

Sims has more than 21 years of experience working with the city of Houston, including as assistant DON director. He began his public sector career September 2001 as assistant to the deputy commissioner for passenger transport for the Texas Department of Transportation.

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