Danielle Singh named new Hutto assistant city manager

Danielle Singh was announced as Hutto's new assistant manager Wednesday.

Danielle Singh was announced as Hutto's new assistant manager Wednesday.

Hutto City Manager Odis Jones announced Thursday afternoon Danielle Singh is the city’s new assistant city manager.

Jones said a national search and interviews made it clear their top choice was Singh, interim assistant city manager since March 23. Singh joined the city in September and has been promoted three times. Before she was interim assistant city manager, she was the executive director of engineering and public works, responsible for a $6 million budget and managing 23 employees.

“When Odis started talking to me about the opportunity, I was excited to take on a bigger role with the city,” Singh said. “I agree with Odis’ vision for growth and I’m happy to have the opportunity.”

Jones said Singh was “at the table” for the major development projects the city recently announced, including the new business and industrial park and the mixed-use development for the Co-Op at the Gin land.

“She has been there for some of the biggest deals in the region the last six months,” Jones said. “She has done an awesome job and has become someone I trust, the council trusts and she has shown an impeccable ability to navigate us through some very difficult transactions. She has saved the city several million dollars and will be a very valuable leader on our team.”

Jones said the changes he has made has strengthened the city into a position to grow.

“Soon you’ll see roads being built, buildings rising out of the dirt,” Jones said. “The economic impact of us taking care of our infrastructure will be because of the good solid work of our team.”

Prior to joining the city of Hutto last September, Singh worked for the city of College Station as an assistant city engineer, and most recently as transportation planning coordinator. During her time in College Station, she was elected to the chair of the Bryan-College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Technical Advisory Committee where she advocated for several regional transportation traffic improvements with the city, successfully negotiated for approximately $2 million dollars in traffic improvements by developers, updated the city’s thoroughfare plan, implementing a new context-sensitive approach. Singh also served on the Brazos Valley Council of Governments Regional Transportation Planning Committee.

She has been honored as the 2014 Employee of the Year for the city of College Station (out of 900 employees) and the 2012 Young Engineer of the Year for the Brazos Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Prior to her time in College Station, Singh has worked for the City of Bryan and in the private engineering sector.

“Danielle will help us diversify our economy and reach our overall goals,” Jones said. “We have a great leadership team and we can see some of these private/public projects blossom and help strengthen our city going forward.”

The assistant city manager works under the general guidance and direction of the city manager. According to the city, key responsibilities include assisting in planning, coordinating and directing work regarding the Hutto’s budget, assists in economic development and revitalization of downtown and assists with public outreach.

Singh and her husband, Shailen, have three children, ages 6, 4 and 19 months. She received her bachelor’s of civil engineering degree from Texas A&M University, with a concentration in transportation and land development.

Singh is the third assistant city manager since Jones joined the city of Hutto last November.

In December, Assistant City Manager Micah Grau left Hutto for the same position at the city of Buda. In January, Jones appointed Melanie Melancon, the city’s finance director and controller, to the position. On Feb. 24, Jones announced Melancon was no longer employed by the city.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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