Former COW administrator joins staff in Hudson Oaks

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Serving as interim administrator and then city administrator in Hudson Oaks since March, Patrick Lawler now has an assistant administrator with the appointment of Chad Janicek.

The city accepted many applications and even sought out others who might fit well with the city. Lawler said with his wide range of experience, Janicek became the frontrunner.

“He has an exceptional level of experience in Parker County,” Lawler said.

That experience and contacts already established with leaders in the county allowed Janicek to hit the ground running upon joining the Hudson Oaks staff.

“I feel like we did really well in the process,” Lawler said of the city’s selection. “We’re extremely happy to have him.”

Janicek, who lives in the Haslet area, first served in the city of Fort Worth and most recently as director of management and budget in Weatherford for just over four years.

“Going from a very big city to a smaller city you get involved in a lot more of the day to day stuff. You have to wear multiple hats,” Janicek said of moving from Fort Worth to Weatherford and now to Hudson Oaks.

After starting on Oct. 1, Janicek said he got to work on a variety of responsibilities even in just the first few days on the job.

While in Weatherford, Janicek’s primary responsibility was the budget. He said he looks forward to the great range of duties in Hudson Oaks, including streets, parks, facilities, court operations and finances.

“It was an opportunity to further develop professionally and take on some new challenges and hopefully provide some new things for this city,” Janicek said.

Janicek said he was excited when he heard of the opening in Hudson Oaks because of the “many great things happening” in the smaller city.

“The thing that really drew me here is the growth,” Janicek said, referencing the commercial development and increase in population.

And, he believes that growth and further development will only continue.

“There’s so much potential in Hudson Oaks to be a very major player in Parker County,” Janicek said. “Over the last few years, it’s really grown into its own and it’s just an exciting thing to be a part of.”

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