New city manager welcomed to Hondo
PHOTO / DIANE COSGROVE
Mayor Jim Danner and Councilman John McAnelly (first and second from left, respectively) welcome new Hondo City Manager Scott Albert (second from right) along with City staff (from left) Judy Narezo, CFO; Josh Rodriguez, IT administrator; Jamie Kindred, community programs and projects coordinator; Sharon Garcia, human resources; and Director of Economic Development Genevieve Flores last Wednesday afternoon during a reception for the CM held at STRTC.
By William Hoover Anvil Herald Correspondent Citizens, local business leaders, Hondo Independent School District educators, Medina Regional Hospital staff, Hondo City Council members and city employees all welcomed new City Manager Scott Albert to Hondo last week. The warm welcomes were delivered at the mask-mandatory meet and greet held at the South Texas Regional Training Center on Wednesday, March 31. “We had a really good week last week,” said Mayor Jim Danner of Albert’s first week on the job. “I think we found the right guy.” Danner said Albert’s first tasks were to meet all the stakeholders from the local community, his staff and then acquaint himself with city development projects and departmental staffing needs. “We had a good turnout,” he said of the meet and greet reception at the STRTC. “We had representatives there from the school, the hospital, the newspaper, Medina Electric and people from all over the community. He had a good chance to meet a lot of people and he attended a Rotary Club meeting on Thursday and met some more people. “He is off to a flying start,” added Danner. “He had a really good week even though he was very busy. He talked to quite a few staff members and he is already becoming familiar with some of the big development projects we have going on. He even met with Blue Line last week. It really surprised me how much he accomplished. On Sunday, he gave council an email report of everything he had accomplished during the week. I was very impressed.” Albert was similarly impressed by his reception at the STRTC and in greater Hondo. “I was delighted at the warm welcome I received Wednesday afternoon,” said Hondo’s new City Manager on Monday. “The attendees were a delight to speak with, and they were all upbeat about Hondo’s future. “During my first four days on the job, I have been involved in many facets of the city, including grants, developments, finances, public works, capital improvement projects, and many other activities,” he added. “I have enjoyed meeting residents and other community stakeholders while out in the community. I look forward to meeting other residents in the coming weeks.” Albert’s first official city council meeting will be the regular meeting scheduled to be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 12, in City Hall’s council chambers.