Fort Worth Hires Veteran Municipal Leader as New Deputy City Manager

Mark McDaniel's 35 years’ experience in city management spans seven different communities ranging in population from 8,000 to 1.3 million. As a consultant, McDaniel's most recent assignment for Fort Worth was serving as "greenspace champion."

Veteran municipal government leader Mark McDaniel has been appointed Fort Worth deputy city manager.

McDaniel’s 35 years’ experience in city management spans seven different communities ranging in population from 8,000 to 1.3 million. He began his new position on January 13.

“Mark brings an emphasis on finance, organizational development, performance improvement, planning, operations management and economic development,” City Manager David Cooke said. “In his previous consulting assignment here in Fort Worth, Mark reinvented the budget and research function, served as interim chief transformation officer, and created the Fort Worth Lab.”

After has time as city manager for Kerrville, McDaniel joined Strategic Government Resources as a senior vice president, where he conducted executive searches and led special consulting efforts.

McDaniel’s most recent assignment for Fort Worth was to serve as “greenspace champion,” the city said, with a focus on acquiring new open space and parks, as well as enhancing existing parks, parkways, and other city-owned property.

Formerly first assistant city manager for the city of Dallas

Before he was Kerrville’s city manager, McDaniel served as assistant city manager for the city of Dallas, where he gained greater responsibility that led to his appointment to first assistant city manager.

The city of Fort Worth said he also created and provided direct leadership for the Dallas Center for Performance Excellence.

During his 10 years as city manager for the city of Tyler, McDaniel led positive culture change that included extensive use of Lean Six Sigma methodologies, an innovative leadership structure, rigorous strategic/business planning, and award-winning employee training/career development initiatives.

McDaniel also held a number of other municipal management roles in Texas, including budget director and assistant city manager for the city of Corpus Christi, city manager for Woodway, assistant city manager for Lake Jackson, and budget director for Denton.

He has served as vice president for the International City/County Management Association, representing the central United States; president for the Texas City Management Association; and board member for the Alliance for Innovation.

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