At the April 13 meeting, the Highland Village City Council completed the personnel review of Council appointees. Council extended City Manager Michael Leavitt’s contract an additional five years, until 2015.
“Mr. Leavitt continues to lead the city with Council’s goals and objectives in a way that has made Highland Village one of the most sought after areas for businesses and residents alike. He employs those individuals that share our vision for Highland Village and then empowers them to put out a superior work product. We are blessed to have him accept our offer of a five-year contract,“ stated Mayor Dianne Costa.
Council noted that the city, nearing build-out, is no longer in the development phase and the focus now is on maintaining the service delivery expectation of our residents. This juncture provides the opportunity to rework the organization to continue the focus of operational efficiency. To that end, Finance Director Ken Heerman has been appointed Assistant City Manager. Mr. Heerman, a city employee since 1991, will oversee the city finances and budget process, the IT department, Municipal Court, Parks and Recreation and Public Affairs.
“Ken’s experience and tenure with the city make him a natural fit for the position. Ken will provide the needed expertise to manage our 4B sales tax and our maturing revenue base,” stated City Manager Michael Leavitt.
Dorothy Palumbo, Assistant City Manager/City Attorney has been appointed City Attorney by the Council. Ms. Palumbo’s focus will now center on legislative issues and transportation along with serving as legal counsel for the city.
“Through my tenure as Mayor, Dottie and I have worked closely together on legislative and transportation issues. As I leave office in May, Dottie will continue in that role ensuring Highland Village’s voice is heard locally and on the state and national level,” stated Mayor Dianne Costa.