|Joyce A. Wilson|
El Paso recently went through a community wide multi-year process of developing an incredible El Paso Plan that received the Environmental Protection Agency's 2012 national award for achievement in smart growth. EPA judged the effort as "the year’s best example of outstanding “programs, policies and regulations.” Click here for an article about the El Paso plan and a commentary written by Joyce Wilson about the Plan and the process of developing it.
Arlington VA, where she served as Deputy County Manager for two years, is known from its outstanding county government and they're viewed as one of the national models on innovative land use, transportation, and economic development.
Joyce also has strong fiscal management skills, which will be critical for Lee County's needs. She is a proven leader who has received numerous statewide awards, most impressively: Administrator of the Year (2006) by Texas City Managers Association; Spirit of Leadership Award by El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2006); and she was just named the 2013 top public works leader in the State of Texas by the Texas Chapter of Public Works Association.To get a feel for what she brings to Lee County, watch her interview with the BoCC on June 5th.
As Commissioner Mann said during the deliberations, "I have never been more impressed at a personnel interview than I was with Ms. Wilson." Commissioner Manning said that Wilson stood out because she has successfully managed large city and county governments. "She had a dynamism about her," he said. "Her academic and her work environment achievements were really diverse." [Quotes from Naples Daily News article.]
Two stories from last week in El Paso caught my eye:
Sun Metro Updates Present, Future Projects--new BRT buses for El Paso
City Introduces Wayfinding Plan--Pedestrian Wayfinding Signs installed in downtown El Paso.
Once the contract negotiations are completed, Joyce Wilson has stated that she'd be available to start the job in mid-August, so stay tuned for more details.
Report by Darla Letourneau