Duncanville Closer to Naming a New City Manager

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The City of Duncanville has narrowed down the search for its next city manager. There are now five finalists left in the running to be the city’s top staffer.

According to Strategic Government Resources, the consultant firm hired to conduct the search, the remaining candidates all stood out amongst a very strong pool of 34 applicants from 17 states. The finalists all have a Master’s degree in public administration and extensive experience in city administration.



Matt Mueller was named one of Oklahoma’s “40 Under 40 Young Professionals” by Oklahoma Magazine in 2010. He is currently positioned as the city manager of historical Guthrie, Oklahoma. Mueller was able to reduce operating expenses by 7 percent for the city of 10,000 residents. He also led Guthrie through four federally declared natural disasters. The University of Oklahoma graduate has also taken on top administrative roles for other Oklahoma cities; he was deputy city manager for Claremont, Oklahoma, one of the fastest-growing areas in the state.


Kent Myers held city manager positions in four different states. He has been city manager for Port Angeles, Washington since 2009. The city has a population of approximately 40,000 and serves as the largest community on the Olympic Peninsula. His previous title was city manager of Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he created an employee self-funded health insurance and a comprehensive wellness program that controlled insurance costs. The Texas Christian University alum got his start in local government as an intern in the City of Hurst, Texas.


Daniel O’Leary has been the city manager for Keller, Texas since 2008. O’Leary is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of Keller, which has a population of 41 ,0O0. Under O’Leary’s management, the city came in seventh place in the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” by CNN/Money Magazine. Prior to working in Keller, the Texas State graduate was employed by the City of San Marcos, Texas for nearly three decades and held positions that ranged from fire chief, to the interim director of planning, and then the city manager.


Wesley Pierson  has a strong background in sales and marketing. He is the assistant city manager for the City of Allen, Texas, but he has also worked as a business developer who sold consulting services to Fortune 500 companies. After his time in sales, Pierson became a project manager for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in Washington, D.C. While there, Pierson worked directly with board executives to develop the association’s strategic plan. He obtained his graduate degree from George Mason University.



lsaac Turner (attempting to obtain photo) has held various administrative positions in Texas and Florida for the past 28 years. Turner is currently serving as a financial management consultant for First Baptist Church Venice in North Venice, Florida. He also served as the city manager of North Venice for nearly three years, where he rewrote the city’s comprehensive plan and improved its development processes and services. The University of Kansas graduate held a three-year stint as the city manager for McKinney, Texas, which has a population of 55,000 and worked as an assistant city manager for Longview, Texas.

A community-wide reception to meet the five finalists will be held on Friday, April 13 followed by interviews on Saturday, April 14 at Duncanville City Hall. The reception will be held in the Duncanville Library Meeting Rooms from 6pm to 7:30pm, 201 James Collins Boulevard.

The city needed to fill the vacancy after Kent Cagle, who was appointed in 2001, accepted a city manager position for the City of Leander, Texas.