During this evening’s regular meeting, the Richardson City Council appointed Deputy City Manager Don Magner to the position of City Manager effective March 1, 2022. The appointment comes one week after City Manager Dan Johnson announced plans to retire effective Feb. 28, 2022. “Part of successful management is planning for the future, and that is why we live by the credo of ‘planning our work and working our plan,’” said Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker. “Our ability to have Don succeed Dan in this critical leadership position is part of our long-term process to develop talent within, which allows for as seamless a transition as possible for the organization and community. This is a practice followed by the most successful of organizations, and we are happy to have the opportunity to continue our mission with someone who has served this community very well for many years and who is a proven leader in the municipal government profession.” Magner has worked for the City since 1996. Over his more than 25 years of service, he has been tapped for roles in Human Resources, Building Inspection, Community Services, and Development Services. While serving in these capacities, he was instrumental in the development of the City’s first Neighborhood Integrity and Vitality Strategy and oversaw over $10 million of neighborhood vitality capital projects. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Home Improvement Incentive Program, the Volunteer Assistance Program, and many of the City’s neighborhood engagement model’s programs and services still active today. Magner moved to the City Manager’s Office in 2012. In the role of Deputy City Manager, Magner is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the City, which has approximately 1,000 employees. His operational responsibilities include oversight of a broad range of services such as: budget and finance, communications, economic development, engineering, public health, public safety, planning, recreation, solid waste, and other services. Magner has served in the COO capacity since June 2015. During this time, Magner helped develop the City’s annual infrastructure maintenance programs, advance the Silver Line Commuter Rail project, resolve the longstanding North Texas Municipal Water District water rate methodology dispute, and coordinate two bond programs. He was also very active on the economic development front, working to bring CBRE and RealPage to the City, assisting with the Texas Instruments RFAB2 project, and facilitating development of four phases of the Northside project at the University of Texas at Dallas. Most recently, he has led efforts to redevelop Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Arapaho Station property and to establish a City headquarters in the Richardson IQ®, while also working to revitalize the CORE District by managing small business support strategies and City infrastructure redevelopment projects. Prior to being appointed to the Deputy City Manager position, he served as First Assistant City Manager for three years and as Assistant City Manager of Community Services for the preceding 2 ½ years. “The opportunity to be the City of Richardson’s fifth City Manager is an honor and privilege, and I very much appreciate the support of the City Council to serve in this role,” said Magner. “Over the past 25 years, I have had the good fortune of working alongside an incredible team of caring, dedicated public servants to provide Richardson’s residents and other stakeholders with exceptional services and programs. Today, I am more encouraged about our future than ever, and I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to continue to work in this great community in this new capacity.” As City Manager, Magner will assume the role of the municipal organization’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and will be responsible for the oversight of the entire municipal organization and implementation of public policy, as outlined by the City Council. Magner earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs’ Public Executive Institute, the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service’s Leading, Educating and Developing (LEAD) Program, and the North Central Texas Council of Government’s New & Emerging City Managers Program. In March 2009, Magner was honored by the Collin County Business Press as one of its 21 Leaders of the 21st Century. He was also recognized by the Richardson YMCA as its 2009 Volunteer of the Year. In 2010, he received the Outstanding Service Award from Network of Community Ministries, and in 2014 he was presented the Richardson YMCA’s Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award. Magner is a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class XX, the Richardson Citizens Police Academy, the Richardson Citizens Fire Academy, and Leadership North Texas Class 10. He is an active member of the International City Management Association, the Texas City Management Association, the North Texas City Management Association, the International Economic Development Council and the Urban Land Institute.