Leander City Council

Leander Council names The Colony city manager Troy Powell as finalist


The Leander City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to select The Colony, Texas City Manager Troy Powell as the finalist in their search for a new Leander City Manager.

The council's vote also appointed a committee to review and negotiation an employment agreement with Powell.

The committee's appointed membership consists of Leander Mayor Troy Hill, City Attorney Paige Saenz, Human Resources Director Cindy Hignite and Powell Municipal principal Matt Powell, whose company has a consulting agreement with the City of Leander.

Matt Powell said he is not related to Troy Powell.

"It's a very exciting time for our city. This has been exciting day for Leander going forward and we are extremely happy about this," Hill said.

According to the The Colony's city website, Troy Powell "has 19 years of local government experience, most recently as city manager of the City of The Colony. Since his arrival in 2010, The Colony has maintained an extremely conservative budget approach, consistently lowering the tax rate and reducing the costs of doing business despite an increasing demand for services. The city is experiencing an historic period of economic growth, which includes the $1.5 billion Grandscape project, additional development at The Cascades, and new high-profile businesses such as TopGolf. Troy has a master’s of political science in urban affairs management and a bachelor’s of arts in political science from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is also an ICMA (International City Managers Association) credentialed city manager. "

The council interviewed two candidates Tuesday before announcing its selection. Those candidates were narrowed down out of a pool of 95 applicants by the City Manager Task Force the council appointed in June 6, which consisted of Hill, Mayor Pro Tem Chris Czernek and Council member Jason Shaw.

The Task Force worked in coordinate with Powell Municipal. The consulting firm solicited public input through a public survey posted the City of Leander's website that ran from July 11 to July 19.

Matt Powell said he hopes to be able to present the results of that survey at Thursday's council meeting.

No specific timeline was set for the committee to negotiate the agreement. The agreement will come back before the council at a future point.

The search for a new city manager follows the sudden firing of former City Manager Kent Cagle on May 20. The cause of Cagle's termination remains unclear and neither the city nor the city council has given an explanation, though Hill posted on social media that the "Council felt we needed a new direction."

That post has since been deleted.

Gordon Pierce is currently serving as Interim City Manager during the transition period.

Correction: The article incorrect stated Matt Powell had a contract with the Mayor and City Manager position. Powell has a contract with the City of Leander.