One of Leander’s top staff members will depart the city to serve as the assistant city manager and the director of development services for the city of Taylor, according to a city press release.

Leander Assistant City Manager Tom Yantis joined the city in May 2013 and served during a time of strong population and development growth, according to the city. Leander’s population was 31,000 in 2013 and has increased by more than 92 percent to 60,000.

The staff for the development services department also grew from 44 to 74 members, or by more than 60 percent, in that time.

According to the city, his major projects included a rewrite of development regulations in Leander’s transit-oriented development, or TOD, district; the 2015 comprehensive plan update; the city’s annexation program; parkland and trail corridor acquisition along the San Gabriel River and Brushy Creek; and the proposed mixed-use district Northline.

Yantis will start with the city of Taylor on Sept. 10, according to a city press release.

In the release, Taylor City Manager Isaac Turner said they are pleased to welcome Yantis to Taylor.

“Development services is a vital department for the city, and it is essential that we have a strong leader who can manage the many facets of the job,” he said.