Roanoke — The Unique Dining Capital of Texas," has a new city manager.During a specially called city council meeting Jan. 29, Roanoke hired Scott Campbell, who has served for six years as town manager of Sunnyvale, a town of about 5,200 people in Dallas County,Campbell is replacing Jimmy Stathatos, Roanoke’s first and only city manager since the position was created in 1998.Stathatos was recently hired as city manager of Flower Mound. During his time in Roanoke, the city’s tax base grew from $99 million to more than $1.7 billion while its sales tax revenue increased to more than $10 million annually.Campbell officially will start on Feb. 18. His starting salary will be $175,000 annually."My wife, Amber, and I are absolutely excited about this opportunity," Campbell said. "I have admired Roanoke for many, many years ... I am thrilled to be here and anxious to get started."Campbell’s experience includes major public works and capital improvement project financing and construction. While in Sunnyvale, he oversaw significant residential and commercial growth to include more than $400 million in new town investments.Notable projects include the Texas Regional Medical Center at Sunnyvale, a 120,000-square-foot, full-service, physician-owned hospital; Marazzi Tile, a 300,000-square-foot expansion of an existing tile manufacturing plant that is the town’s second highest property tax payer; Millard Refrigeration, a new 400,000-square-foot refrigerated warehousing company; and Sunnyvale Centre, a major retail Master Planned Development.Roanoke Mayor Scooter Gierisch said much of Campbell’s experience is associated with long-term, comprehensive and strategic planning with cities poised for significant growth."We are extremely excited about Scott Campbell coming to Roanoke,” Gierisch said. “Scott has the knowledge and experience to help the city of Roanoke continue our significant momentum.”Gierisch said council members evaluated numerous qualified applicants and selected Campbell based on his extensive experience, positive outlook and successful tenure in city management."We are extremely blessed to have such an outstanding leader for our city and look forward to continued success and accomplishment as we begin an exciting new phase of growth and development," he said.Campbell received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1994 from the University of North Texas. In 1996, he received a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Urban and Public Affairs.Campbell began his career in 1994 as a part-time management intern with the city of Euless. He was later promoted to a full-time administrative assistant and then assistant to the city manager.From 1999 to 2004, Campbell served the city administrator of Ovilla, in Ellis County. From 2004-2006 he served as the community manager for the Lake Kiowa Property Owner’s Association in Cook County.Scott and his wife, Amber, have been married for 13 years and have two children, Nicholas, 11 and Lauren, 9.
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