As of Oct. 1, the city of Red Oak will be under the management of Scott Albert of Garland.

Albert, who served as city manager of Celina, Texas, before relocating in Ellis County, was approved by the Red Oak City Council during its Sept. 10 meeting. He comes highly recommended with an extended list of educational, development, infrastructure, intergovernmental and consensus building and communication expertise, according to interim mayor Ben Goodwyn.

His experience includes 16 years in local government, including senior level management for 11 years. His professional career began when he was selected from among 80 applicants to be one of four participants in the city of Plano Management Development Program.

His first position as a city administrator was in Springtown, Texas, and was followed by a position as town administrator in Fairview, Texas. He then became city administrator for Celina, which was ranked the eighth-fastest growing city in the state of Texas in regard to population gain between 2004 and 2005.

In 2005, he was presented with an award for outstanding leadership and in recognition of his service to the community of Celina.

Scott said he looks forward to working in the city of Red Oak and accomplishing several goals.

“I’m looking forward to working with the citizens of Red Oak in developing a vision for the future and managing a significant growth corridor in the Metroplex,” Albert said.

“Some of the goals I’ve outlined for the city include meeting the key community organizations and stakeholders in Red Oak; evaluating organizational structure; evaluating finances; resolving outstanding boundary disputes; expediting pending capital improvement projects; reviewing and, if necessary, updating water, wastewater and thoroughfare master plans; preparing the Red Oak comprehensive plan; pursuing economic development opportunities; and building relationships with local, region and state officials,” he said.

Albert said he has a general idea of the challenges ahead.

“I think some of the main challenges may include thoroughfare improvements, planning, economic development, organizational structure, finances, drainage, water and wastewater infrastructure,” he said, noting he has managed multiple infrastructure improvements (local and regional) and construction of public facilities including streets (new and rehab, North Texas Tollway) drainage, water (treatment and distribution), sewer (treatment and collection) and parks.

Albert has been involved with numerous community and regional groups including home owners associations, Optimist Club, chamber of commerce, parks and recreation board, fire district, area economic development board, community service commission, historical commission and committee on aging. He has also been involved with projects requiring collaboration among various entities such as Collin County, cities of Allen/ McKinney/Plano, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Department of Transportation, county, state and federal elected and appointed officials.

As city manager, Albert’s duties will include preparing annual budgets, implementing policies approved by the city council, ensuring that professional and well-trained staff are available to serve the public, communicating with and receiving feedback from the residents regarding the needs of Red Oak and advising and maintaining open lines of communication with elected officials concerning the status of communicating objectives and operations.

“One of my primary duties in managing Red Oak will require supervising the efficient use of city resources during periods of rapid growth with an eye on the city’s vision,” Albert said. “By doing that, I intend to bring my passion for managing a growing community with results that improve the quality of life for the residents of Red Oak. Residents can expect a public official dedicated to all aspects of local government and open minded towards meeting the needs of the community.”

Albert said he is pleased to be a part of the growth the city is experiencing and said he is looking to experience in the future.

“The city of Red Oak is located within a region that has and will continue to experience significant growth,” he said. “Red Oak’s ability to attract and retain quality businesses relies heavily on infrastructure, a business-friendly environment and quality of life. The current and past success of Red Oak is commendable and we will continue to raise the bar for expectations in attracting businesses in Red Oak.”

Albert has a minor in economics and finance, a bachelor’s of public administration degree and a master’s of public affairs degree. He has continued his education through the Certified Public Management Program, Texas Municipal League and Public Executive Institute.

He is married to Noemi and they have two daughters, Casey and Ashley.

E-mail Chicarra at chicarra.dense@wninews.com.