Tomball - Magnolia Edition | March 2021

GOVERNMENT ‘To knowRobwas to love Rob’: Tomball remembers CityManager RobHauck

BY ANNA LOTZ

of Hauck’s leadership, skills and willingness to learn. “He just kind of dove himself into all the departments and learned,” he said. “He just did a great job.” ‘Community concierge’ Hauck was born in Gardena, California, and received a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in management from The Johns Hopkins University, according to his obituary. According to a resume provided by the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce, Hauck’s professional experience also includes serving in the criminal investigations division of the U.S. Army Reserve, supporting new police chiefs as a mentor with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and various advisory roles with the U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security. Hauck was honored as the 2020 Citizen of the Year, chamber Presi- dent Bruce Hillegeist said. “It’s not what people do or what they say—it’s how they make you feel. And that is the key to life: how we love on and serve others,” Hillegeist said. “[Rob] was a community concierge. … It wasn’t just a job to him.” Shortly after coming to Tomball, Hauck joined the TOMAGWA Health- Care Ministries board of directors in 2010, where he remained as an emeritus director. “He was passionate about TOMAG- WA’s mission and advocating on behalf of our patients and families

The Tomball community gathered the week of March 15 to honor City Manager Rob Hauck, who died March 13 in a single-vehicle crash in Waller County, according to an obit- uary release from the Tomball Police Department. A memorial service was held March 19. “As we all know, to know Rob was to love Rob,” Mayor Gretchen Fagan said March 19. “From the minute you met him, there was a connection. You suddenly felt that you had a close friend. He made us all feel special, appreciated and cared for. … Tomball is a better place because of Rob.” Hauck leaves behind his wife, Kathleen, and their three children, Lauren Hauck Andrade, Madeline Scott and Connor Scott. “In my world, my daddy was invincible. There was no problem too big for him to solve,” Andrade said March 19. “He loved big, and he loved wide. … No creature was too big or too small to feel the gravitational pull of my father.” Hauck, age 54, had served as city manager since April 2018, before which he was Tomball’s assistant city manager from 2014-18 and chief of police from 2008-14, according to his obituary. He also served two decades in the Los Angeles Police Department. As police chief, Hauck was instru- mental in creating the K-9 unit and an air support division. Former City Manager George Shackelford said he pursued Hauck for assistant city manager because

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Tomball City Manager Rob Hauck, who died March 13, was remembered during a memorial service March 19 at the Tomball ISD stadium.

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The city retired the tail number of its gyrocopter following a yover March 19.

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in need right from the jump,” CEO Timika Simmons said. “His legacy is the families that we have the privi- lege of serving; it is the community that knows without hesitation where to send those in need.” Personal life Community leaders and Hauck’s family noted Hauck was a lover of animals, owning several horses, dogs, cats and chickens. In addition, Hauck loved his family and God, acting City Manager David Esquivel said. “Rob never missed an opportunity to brag of his kids,” he said March 19. “Rob loved his church and everyone in it, and as you know, there was

A rst responder hugs a guest before the March 19 memorial service for Hauck.

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never any doubt that Rob loved God above everything else.” Brandon Guindon, lead pastor of Real Life Ministries, said Hauck served in various roles at the church, including on the worship team. “He was an amazing father to our three adult children,” Kathleen Hauck said. “He loved like Jesus did and encouraged those around him to do the same, especially me.”

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