New leadership incoming to city of Buda, Chamber of Commerce

The city of Buda has new leadership in the city manager and Chamber of Commerce. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of Buda has new leadership in the city manager and Chamber of Commerce. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Buda has new leadership in the city manager and Chamber of Commerce. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)

On March 7, the city of Buda announced that Deputy City Manager Micah Grau will be the interim city manager, effective April 1, as longtime City Manager Kenneth Williams steps down from the position.

Williams announced his resignation, effective March 31, at a City Council meetingJan. 4, ending his 13 1/2-year career with the city.

The city was fortunate to have a leader like Williams during a time of great growth and economic development, Mayor Lee Urbanovsky said in a press release.

In the interim, the city hired Baker Tilly firm in the search for a new city manager. The firm has worked with City Council members to create the position description and selection process, according to the release.

Applications for the position will be open until April 6.


Additionally, on March 8, the Buda Chamber of Commerce announced it hired Kenneth Higdon as interim executive director following J.R. Gonzales’ departure from the position “to pursue other opportunities,” according to a press release.

Higdon has served across many Texas chambers and has more than 40 years of experience in various chamber positions, according to the release.
By Zara Flores
Zara joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in August 2021. Prior to CI, she interned at Picket Fence Media in Southern California and graduated from Cal State Fullerton where she was assistant news editor for the Daily Titan and copy editor for Tusk Magazine. Zara covers education, business, government and more for Buda, Kyle and San Marcos.