Galveston Assistant City Manager Rick Beverlin III will soon be leaving his position to begin his role as the new Leander City Manager. Beverlin is set to start in the position on Dec. 2.
"I'm humbled to be coming on board and grateful for the professional, helpful and warm welcome I've received from city representatives." Beverlin said. "I look forward to building on Leander's outstanding potential and will work to strengthen our profile as a sought-after destination community."
Beverlin was the finalist selected out of a pool of 95 candidates. He will replace Interim City Manager Gordon Pierce, who has served in the role following the Leander City Council voting to terminate former City Manager Kent Cagle on May 20.
Beverlin will be joining the city as it prepares for work on its update to its Comprehensive Plan next year, and he will have to tackle the city's rapidly growing population, which brings benefits and challenges to the city .
In prior interviews, Leander Mayor Troy Hill expressed excitement about the city finding a new city manager, stating he feels they have selected an excellent candidate that will play a vital role in helping the city grown and attract new businesses.
"Our Council believes that as one of the greatest and fastest growing livable cities in the nation, Leander deserves the best leadership, and Rick exemplifies the type of leadership traits we want," Hill said in a city release Friday. "We look forward to many successful years under his guidance and welcome him and his family to our town."
Beverlin previously served less than a year as Director of Economic Development for the City of League City and four years as City Administrator for the City of Kema. He also previously worked for the Houston-Galveston Area Council from 1996 to 2002.
He earned a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of St. Thomas in 1993 and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Houston in 1996.