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Coppell hires new Deputy City Manager
Kaitlin Pennell, Staff writer
Coppell City Manager Clay Phillips announced the hiring of Mike Land as the new Deputy City Manager for the city of Coppell on June 28.
Land formerly held the position of town manager for Prosper, as well as city manager for Gainesville. He also served as executive director of the Southwestern Diabetic Foundation and the community development director of Gainesville.
“Whenever we have the opportunity to bring someone into the organization, we always expect to raise the bar and find the person that best fits our culture and can deliver results as we continue our quest to [bring] the very best in customer service to our community,” Phillips said. “Mike is the person we feel is best suited to join Deputy City Manager Mario Canizares and myself in the city manager’s office to continue this work.”
As the new Deputy City Manager, Land, along with Canizares and Phillips, will determine who will take lead on upcoming projects, properly prioritize all the projects and set deadlines for each so council and staff goals can be met in a timely manner. They will also work to more effectively serve the community of Coppell. Land, however, will spend his first few weeks meeting with employees, learning about the culture of the organization and getting up to speed on community activities.
Land’s first day as deputy city manager will be on Monday, July 16.
“There is much to be done if we are to realize the goals and outcomes associated with the Coppell 2030 Vision, the new Comprehensive Land Use plan, the branding initiative, the healthy community initiative and all of the other programs and services that are desired by our community,” Phillips said. “Mike’s experience will certainly be an asset in this effort.”
Land worked in Sarasota and Orlando, Fla., as a project manager for a land planning firm and in Tavares, Fla., as the city’s planning and zoning director prior to moving to Gainesville, Texas. He is a charter member of the Prosper Rotary International Club, served as chairman of the Northern Collin County Leadership Program Executive Committee and has served on the Certified Public Manager Advisory Committee member for the CPM program. Land was also recently recognized as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by the Collin County Business Press.
Land’s professional activities include service on ICMA’s Small Cities Advisory Committee, Texas A&M University’s Development Industry Advisory Council and United Way Campaign Chairman. He also served as president for Cooke County and School Board trustee for the Gainesville Independent School District. He is currently serving as vice president of the Texas City Management Association.
Land said he’s looking forward to working in an expanding city with other members of the city’s management when he starts in mid-July.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work in a vibrant, growing community with an organization that has such a great reputation in North Texas and throughout the state,” Land said. “Coppell is in the forefront of providing excellent municipal services, and my hope is to build on that reputation with the fantastic team that has been put together and already serving the residents and businesses of Coppell.”