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Flower Mound names new town manager PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 November 2012 17:33

The Flower Mound Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to appoint Roanoke City Manager Jimmy Stathatos as the new Town Manager of Flower Mound.

Stathatos replaces Harlan Jefferson, whose employment contract was terminated by council on October 8.

The town used the services of Keller-based SGR Executive Search to find candidates.

During the search for the next Flower Mound Town Manager, SGR Executive Search discussed numerous prospective candidates with the council, resulting in a field of eight top applicants. After further discussion, the field was narrowed to three candidates, who were then invited to interview with council members.

“All three finalists are exceptional managers with an outstanding reputation and track record, who are well-known throughout the state,” Mayor Hayden said.

“The Council was confident that any one of the three could be an exceptional Town Manager for the next stage of Flower Mound’s history. We had an incredibly strong group of finalists to select from and were highly impressed with all three.”

One of the factors that tipped the council toward Stathatos was his extensive hands-on experience and track record in economic development, town officials said.

During his nearly 15 year tenure in Roanoke, the city's tax base grew from $99 million to approximately $1.7 billion and sales tax revenue increased to more than $10 million a year, according to Flower Mound officials.

As City Manager, Stathatos directs and manages Roanoke’s economic development program, which has helped create more than 3,700 new jobs and approximately $1 billion in new development projects including General Motors, Citigroup, and many other Fortune 500 companies. The Texas Economic Development Department recognized Roanoke’s success with its Community Development Award, and the Dallas Business Journal recognized Roanoke twice for “Best Real Estate Deals.”

Roanoke's population was 5,962 at the 2010 census. Flower Mound had 64,669 residents, according to 2010 Census numbers.

Council members were also impressed with Stathatos’ focus on customer service and creating a citizen-centric town hall culture, one of the council’s top priorities for the new Flower Mound Town Manager. Roanoke was recently recognized with the Texas Municipal League’s prestigious “Municipal Excellence Award,” at the organization’s annual conference.

Mayor Hayden noted that while the town has an incredibly committed group of employees, the new Town Manager will look at all practices, from top to bottom, to ensure town staff are empowered to perform well at every aspect of customer service throughout the organization.

"I assure you that I will come to work each day thinking about how I can have a positive impact on the town," said Stathatos as he addressed the town council. "I have an open door policy. If there's something we can do to make things better we look forward to talking to you about it."

Stathatos is a former Board Member of the Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce, where he was recognized with the John Harbin Visionary Award and currently serves as Treasurer of the Metroport Cities Partnership, a coalition of the Cities of Roanoke, Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, Trophy Club, Westlake, Southlake, and Haslet. He was also selected by the Dallas Business Journal as one of its “Top 40 Under 40.” Stathatos is also an ICMA Credentialed Manager and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Texas.

Stathatos will begin his new duties as the Flower Mound Town Manager in January. He and his wife, Ashley, enjoy spending time with their three boys Ben, Parker, and Trevor.

 

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+48 #11 Russ Gunderson 2012-11-27 09:44
You guys are sooooo lucky! Having Jimmy Stathatos as your new town manager is a HUGE gain for Flower Mound, and a tremendous loss for my city of Roanoke.
Jimmy became a member of our subdivisions facebook page and became involved personally in every issue, big,and small. His hand on approach is simply amazing! He also possesses the ability to be the voice of reason on issues when there are a variety of opinions( basically EVERY issue).
I only pray that the City of Roanoke can find someone to fill his shoes. It's going to be tough!
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+38 #10 Malcolm XXL 2012-11-20 18:17
Stathatos looks like a significant upgrade for our town - well done, Council.

Bob - I'm guessing you forgot to take your meds this morning.
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+62 #9 David N 2012-11-20 14:55
Citizens of Flower Mound rejoice!! Your council has selected an excellent candidate to lead your town into a new era of growth. Jimmy is not only an extraordinary city manager, but just a great guy. He will dedicate himself fully to Flower Mound's success and stability. Now if you can only get some stability in your elected officials.
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-39 #8 Bob Weir 2012-11-20 13:55
That's right; it's MY town, not YOUR town because residents who care about THEIR town are not ashamed to use their correct names on these posts. It takes courage to put one's name behind what one says. But, I'm wasting my time talking with you about courage. Go back under the bed where you usually hide.
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+25 #7 @Bob 2012-11-20 12:59
Bob, Isn't this just another step of the dismantling of your town?
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-37 #6 Bob Weir 2012-11-20 11:13
Now that the selection has been made, we can only hope that the Council has made a wise decision with Mr. Stathatos. If he is able to demonstrate to residents that he can improve the lifestyle that has made Flower Mound one of the top places to live in the country, he will have their full cooperation. Additionally, if his management expertise paves (no pun) the way for more retail business, resulting in a stronger tax base and less onerous taxes for residents, he will be more popular than a truckload of Twinkies. Moreover, if he can truly bring "quality development" to this lovely slice of turf in North Texas, this Town Council will be amply rewarded in future elections. The best way to help the new town manager in his continuous pursuit of excellence is to stay involved in the process. Assuming Mr. Stathatos is as good as his credentials attest, we can look forward to some exciting "developments."
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+65 #5 Business 2012-11-20 10:41
As a member of the Flower Mound business community, I would like to commend the council on an excellent choice to move the town forward!
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+69 #4 JAN 2012-11-20 10:14
ONE OF THE KEYWORDS THERE IS CUSTOMER SERVICE. NOW PERHAPS SOME OF THOSE QUALITY DEVELOPERS WILL RETURN TO FLOWER MOUND.
GOOD JOB COUNCIL.
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+67 #3 JB 2012-11-20 09:13
I know the City Council has been accused of many things during this difficult process. The job of elected officials is to make decision on what is the best for all residents both now and for the future. That leadership can often be very difficult and may not be popular to everyone at the time. Mr. Stathatos has outstanding credentials along with a proven record. I think they did a great job of finding a candidate that will help the Council move Flower Mound forward. Nice job!
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+68 #2 Nancy 2012-11-20 02:40
WOW! Me either, he is such an asset.
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