City Manager Sheryl Sculley has made organizational changes to provide a greater focus on city-wide transportation and transportation planning, improved efforts in downtown development and the redevelopment of adjacent neighborhoods by consolidating four departments and realigning City business functions into two departments. These consolidations will go into effect Jan. 2, 2014 and will streamline City operations, and enhance service delivery with no employee layoffs and net a reduction of one executive position.
“Over the past eight years, we have worked steadily to become more efficient and effective as an organization,” said City Manager Sculley. “Our re-organization will allow us to reduce administrative overhead, so we can allocate more City resources towards providing direct high quality City services to the residents of San Antonio.”
A Transportation and Capital Improvements Department will be created by merging the Capital Improvement Management Services (CIMS) and Public Works Departments. Sculley has appointed Mike Frisbie, who is presently the director of CIMS and the City Engineer, to lead the new department. He will continue to report to Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni.
The consolidation of the two departments provides the City with the opportunity to develop a new Transportation Planning Unit that will focus on strategic community-wide transportation planning and coordination with City transportation partners that include, VIA Metropolitan Transit, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoT), Metropolitan Planning Organization, Bexar County, and the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority.
“Mike has done an outstanding job of implementing successful capital improvement projects through two of the largest Bond programs in the City’s history, on time and under budget,” said City Manager Sculley. “One of his main priorities will be to develop a proactive approach to our organization-wide transportation needs for San Antonio.”
Frisbie began his career with the City in 2007 and has 25 years of experience as an engineer working for both the public and private sectors, holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
With the City’s ongoing efforts to strengthen economic development growth in the city core, the Downtown Operations Department will be placed under the leadership of Center City Development Office Director Lori Houston. She will continue to report to Assistant City Manager Carlos Contreras.
“In Lori’s new capacity, she will remain concentrated on attracting economic growth and development to the Downtown area of San Antonio,” said City Manager Sculley. “Realigning Downtown Events, Parking, Leasing and Maintenance functions under the Center City Development Office is a good fit for better oversight and coordination of important Downtown operations.”
Houston started her career with the City in 2002. She acquired a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University.
Revitalization of San Antonio’s urban core is also a priority for the City. In his new position, Mike Etienne, will oversee the EastPoint Program, a $54 million redevelopment effort on the East Side, including the PROMISE & CHOICE Federal Initiatives, as well as manage City lease functions, the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program and Property Disposition. He is currently an assistant director in the CIMS Department and will report directly to Deputy City Manager Zanoni in his new position.
“Mike’s many years of experience in urban renewal is a tremendous asset to the City,” said City Manager Sculley. “He will utilize his expertise in this area to assist in the development of important redevelopment programs for our community. “
Etienne has been employed with the City since 2010 and has managed many significant projects, such as the leases for the Pre-K 4 SA Learning Centers. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from James Madison University, as well as a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.