Councilmembers appoint new city manager

News Reporter

After a four and a half month search and unanimous selection by city councilmembers, Jared Miller began work as San Marcos’ new city manager Jan. 6.

Miller formerly served as the assistant city manager of North Richland Hills, a town of 65,000 residents. Miller attended his first city council meeting Jan. 7 and greeted the team of 603 employees working under him.

“I am excited about joining the City of San Marcos and look forward to working with our citizens, the city council and staff to help guide the future of the fastest growing city in the U.S.,” Miller said in a press release from the city.

Miller earned a bachelor of arts in political science from Abilene Christian University and a master’s in public administration from Texas Tech University.

He is a Reserve Naval Intelligence Officer and has served as past president of the West Texas City Management Association. He is also a member of the International City Management Association and the American Society for Public Administration.

Miller worked in North Richland Hills for six years, where he was responsible for administration of economic development and parks and recreation. He managed budgets totaling $24.6 million and supervised 199 employees, compared to San Marcos’ 603 employees and annual budget of $166.7 million.

“He is a sharp young man and he gets along very well with people,” said Mark Hindsman, North Richland Hills city manager. “He was able to handle a variety of responsibilities here, he worked over numerous departments and did a good job. So, we’re sad to see him go, but at the same time we’re also happy to see him have an opportunity to serve in his capacity.”

Miller worked for the South Plains Association of Governments from 2000 to 2003 as a regional services specialist, redistricting coordinator and criminal justice coordinator, according to the press release.

 He served as city manager for city of Crosbyton for two years and later spent another two years in the city of Snyder before working in the Dallas area.

“I tend to be ‘all-in’ with regard to community involvement,” Miller said. “This attitude applies to school involvement with my boys, church involvement, service opportunities and visible participation in community events and activities.”

Miller’s appointment was approved in December by the city councilmembers. He will receive a starting salary of $172,500.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero said Miller’s enthusiasm and commitment to community are what made him stand out from the other city manager finalists.

“Jared Miller brings sound experience and leadership qualities to San Marcos,” Guerrero said in the press release.

—Compiled by Drew Castillo, news reporter