PANTEGO — Former Arlington resident Matt Fielder started work as Pantego’s new city manager Monday.Fielder, 41, served the past six years as the economic development director for the city of Rosenberg, near Sugar Land. His accomplishments there include luring an ALDI distribution center and a business park and overseeing the opening of a new athletics complex.As city manager, Fielder will also serve as the director for Pantego’s Economic Development Corporation. Recruiting new businesses and encouraging redevelopment of aging commercial properties will help boost the town’s tax base, he said."As people reinvest in the existing facilities that are here, it brings new property tax revenues to the city. Retail business also bring new sales tax to the city," Fielder said.Before Rosenberg, Fielder worked in both the city manager’s office and the economic development department in the city of Sugar Land. In 2003, Fielder said he served a year in Iraq as a captain with the United States Army Reserve.Fielder attended Arlington schools and graduated from Martin High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. "I wanted to get back home. This was an opportunity for me to do that," said Fielder, who will earn $85,000 a year in his new role.Public Safety Chief Tom Griffith has served as interim city manager for Pantego, which has a population of nearly 2,500 residents, since last year.
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