City fills several key positions

City fills several key positions

AMARILLO, TX – The City of Amarillo is getting closer to filling vacant positions as well as new ones created in support of the City's commitment to development services. At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Interim City Manager Terry Childers introduced Bob Cowell, Mick McKamie, Floyd Hartman, Scott McDonald and Rich Gagnon.

Bob Cowell, who started with the City in November 2013 as assistant city manager for Development Services, was officially named deputy city manager in December. Cowell was instrumental in streamlining and enhancing Amarillo's development and growth processes and services. In his new capacity, Cowell will provide a high level of support to the city manager through administrative, managerial and collaborative work in all phases of city operations.

William "Mick" McKamie has been acting as interim city attorney since last August, and now will have the interim dropped from his title. McKamie specializes in trial law and representing governmental entities. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was the first to be elected twice as Chair of the Government Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Floyd Hartman, who began his municipal career in the City of Canyon before coming to Amarillo as Water and Sewer superintendent then assistant director of Utilities, is serving in a new capacity, as well. In his new role as director of Capital Projects and Development Engineering, he will manage the City's capital projects program which includes all aspects of planning, design, delivery and inspection. He will continue to serve as interim director of Utilities until that position is filled.

Scott McDonald has been promoted to director of Community Safety & Regulatory Services. He will be responsible for implementing the overall vision of the division – providing direction for personnel, reviewing strategies for the appropriate use of resources and working with advisory boards, agencies and organizations.

Richard Gagnon comes to the City as its new director of Information Technology. Gagnon most recently served as vice president of Systems Engineering for Palo Alto Networks. In his new role, Gagnon will oversee the IT team that includes print, telecommunications, HelpDesk, GIS, infrastructure, public safety, enterprise application and technology support services.

"We are fortunate to have a number of high caliber individuals in key positions as we continue to develop initiatives set forth in the BluePrint for Amarillo" says Childers. "I believe these individuals represent 'Best in Class' to lead us in critical areas of the organization."

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