Leander Votes to Hire Duncanville City Manger Kent Cagle

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In their October 20 City Council meeting the Leander City Council voted unanimously to hire Duncanville City Manger Kent Cagle as their new City Manager.

Leander is located about twenty-seven miles north of Austin, Texas.

The council interviewed five finalist – Cagle; San Angelo Assistant City Manager Elizabeth Grindstaff; Peoria, Ariz. Deputy City Manager Susan Thorpe; Abilene City Manager David Vela; and Elgin’s interim city manager Greg Vick, before deciding on Cagle.

The council cited Cagle’s experience in Duncanville and his consistency.

“Duncanville is a wonderful place, with lot’s of positives, and that tends to get lost at times,” said Cagle. “People really need to stop and realize exactly what Duncanville has.”

Cagle is schedule to start in Leander on December 1.

Cagle sees this as a great opportunity, but Duncanville has had as much an impact on him as he’s had on the city. “We will miss so much about Duncanville, the places and the people.”

6 Responses to Leander Votes to Hire Duncanville City Manger Kent Cagle

  1. Cagle has done so much for this city. It concerns me that the current flock of councilmbers has created a political environment that has forced Cagle’s hand here. Unfortunately, it is likely that these folks won’t get re-elected and the citizens will end up holding the water. Sad times: first our respected economic developer who has contributed more to the city than the entire council combined. Now this. Cagle has brought this city out of the ’80s and into the new millennium. Looks like this council wants to go back in time. Sad day, indeed.

    Friday, October 21, 2011 at 10:06 am

  2. The City has been blessed to have Kent Cagle as City Manager all thee years. He not only is intelligent, resourceful and organized but he has integrity and a sense of codiality that is lacking on the Council at the moment. During the past years he has had ample opportunity to become flustered or angry at remarks made to and about him by previous council members and current ones but he has always shown a polite, respectful demeanor on the dais. I am horrified at the prospect of our current majority having it in their power to hire his replacement, but I can only trust that wisdom will prevail. Good luck to Cagle and to this City.

    Sad in Dville
    Friday, October 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

  3. Kent Cagle’s loss is a huge loss for Duncanville and a great win for Leander. Many Citizens fail to realize how fortunate we were to have him and can blame the four on the council who believe themselves to be leaders of the free world. I will not name names, but will leave it to the reader fo figure out which ones they are. Hint – they aren’t the older gentlemen who have wisdom and experience of having served multiple terms.

    WAKE UP, apathetic Duncanville Citizens before we have wholesale City employee bailout, no economic development and skyrocketing taxes. Tune in and watch the rancor in Council meetings.

    Earle Jones, Jr.
    Friday, October 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm

  4. I will miss Kent. I understand his leaving. But I am seriously concerned about the direction this council is taking. As it is, I am the last of my family to still reside in Duncanville. Thank you Kent for all you have brought to the city. Your level head and ability to plan for the future will serve the citizens of Leander. Thank you for all of your efforts to keep Duncanville from sinking into obscurity. Unfortunately for our family, there will not be a fifth generation. For us, it is time to move on. Looks like the choice to move on was the right one.

    Fourth generation
    Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 1:04 am

  5. I have had the honor of working with Kent Cagle for more than 10 years in my capacity as the President of the Economic Development Board and a Councilman. He truly is an amazing young executive who has brought so many lasting changes to our City. His legacy will carry forward for many years to come for Duncanville. We have been blessed to have him working tirelessly to do the best with what we have to offer. It has been perfectly clear to me that he could not reach his full potential as our city executive. The detractors to the initiatives that many of us have supported have continued to beat their drum of malcontent. It has taken its toll. The good news is Kent will be able to move onward and upward to lead a progressive city in Texas with a high growth rate that needs and will appreciate his talent and leadership skills to further their growth. Leander you have selected one of the best that our fine State has to offer to meet your special challenges. He will be missed in Duncanville. Council your challenge will be to find someone who will be able to measure up to his outstanding leadership in all he has done here in Duncanville. Good luck.

    Ken Weaver
    Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 9:23 am

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