Longview City Council appointed a new City Manager and approved a reorganization of departmental structure during their Jan. 13 Council Meeting. The changes were proposed following City Manager Keith Bonds' announcement in November that he plans to retire at the end of January.
The Council appointed Rolin McPhee as City Manager. He has served as Interim Assistant City Manager since June 2021, and has previously worked in a variety of roles for the City of Longview including Public Works Director, Assistant Public Works Director, and engineer.
Council also approved a reorganization proposal from City Manager Keith Bonds that realigns several department responsibilities. The proposal appointed Director of Administration MaryAnn Hagenbucher to the role of Assistant City Manager. Human Resources Manager Bonnie Hubbard was appointed as Director of Administration. Acting Director of Public Works Dwayne Archer was appointed as Director of Public Works.
The proposal also created a Grant Services department led by former Community Services Director Laura Hill. Assistant Director of Community Services Dietrich Johnson was appointed as Director of Community Services. Additionally, the proposal created a Community Destinations department led by former Media and Tourism Manager Shawn Hara.
The City of Longview operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager is hired by the City Council to implement policy, hire and fire city personnel, prepare the budget, and handle the daily administrative functions of the City. According to Longview’s City Charter, the City Manager makes recommendations for the hiring of Assistant City Managers and Department Directors, subject to Council approval.
The City Council meeting took place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at City Hall, 300 W. Cotton St. Council agendas are available at LongviewTexas.gov/CCAgendas.