Over 200 people came together to show appreciation for Kent Cagle and his family as they prepare to move to Leander, Texas. Kent will be taking the position of City Manager in Leander at the end of November after being at Duncanville since 1997. Prior to Duncanville, Kent worked in the cities of Carrollton, Plano and Lubbock.
Kent, his wife Vicki and their children Cason, Anabella, and Alexandra have had a huge impact on the city and the crowd there was excited for them as they step into their next phase of life. But, they were extremely sad to see them leave.
During his time as City Manager for Duncanville the city has seen exciting growth. Such businesses as Main Station, Champions Cove, Hilton Garden Inn, Costco, Best Western and Pappadeaux.
Dale Martin, a friend and retired Dallas firefighter explained that he and Kent had always had discussions about a bumper sticker that said “Will Rogers never met a City Manager.” Martin presented Kent with a bumper sticker of his own and said, “Will Rogers would have liked Kent Cagle.”
Main Street developer Monte Anderson thanked Kent for his vision and for the work on Main Street. “These streets will be here for a hundred years. My grandchildren thank you for what you’ve done.”
Speaker after speaker credited Kent with excellent job he did in the area of economic development. Gary Fisher, President of Wind River Companies, was the developer behind Champions Cove. Fisher explained that two years into the process he was just about to receive funding when he was told he needed clearance from a state agency, and they were hesitant to give it. Champions Cove is built in an area of Duncanville where two creeks come together and they were concerned about the wildlife. Fisher said that after a five minute conversation with Kent they had approval and the development moved forward.
Amy Jackson, local business owner and Executive Director of the Duncanville Community Theater, expressed her thanks for Kent’s belief in the theater. “There is a theater in Main Street. Thank you Kent Cagle.”
Mayor David Green thanked Kent for his friendship and leadership, and Mayor Pro Tem Scott Cannon recalled Kent’s career in Duncanville and the impact he had on Duncanville.
Chamber of Commerce President Steve Martin presented Kent Cagle with a desk clock and thanked him for all that Kent has meant to Duncanville.
|Steve Madison, Monte Anderson, Jim McDonald, and Ray Dorton||Kent & Vicki||Earle Jones||Gary Fisher|
|Kent, Vicki and their family||Kent Cagle Way sign given to Kent||Mayor Pro Tem Scott Cannon||Mayor David Green|
|Former City Manger Larry Shaw||Former Mayor Cliff Boyd||Kent and Vicki||Kent Cagle and Councilmember Grady Smithey|
|Kent and Steve Martin, Chamber President||Steve Martin||Kent Cagle addresses those in attendance|