Following a nationwide search and the retirement of assistant city managers Laurie Moyer and Chase Stapp, the city of San Marcos has selected and appointed two new assistant city managers—Rodney Gonzales and Lonzo Anderson—according to a June 21 news release.

Career history

Gonzales has over 28 years of leadership experience in municipal government. The Texas State University alum served as the finance director in San Marcos in 2006 and has since held various leadership roles within the city of Austin, including positions in the development services and economic development departments.

In March, Gonzales assumed the role of interim assistant city manager over public safety and has navigated community events, emergency response during inclement weather, threats to public safety and the implementation of the single-use beverage container ordinance campaign, Reuse at the River, according to a news release.

Gonzales has begun transitioning into his new role, and he will oversee parks and recreation, information technology, human resources, destination services, and public works.

Anderson has over 27 years of law enforcement and municipal government experience—holding numerous leadership positions with the Dallas Police Department, including chief of police, according to a news release. Anderson will assume his new position with San Marcos on Aug. 5 overseeing police, fire, neighborhood enhancement, the marshal's office and emergency management, according to a news release.

What the assistant city managers are saying

Gonzales said he was excited to bring his experience and passion for public service to back to San Marcos.

“Working closely with the community and our dedicated city staff, I aim to implement strategies that will support the projected growth for San Marcos and continue to improve the quality of life for all our residents,” Gonzales said in a news release.

Anderson said he was "thrilled" to join the city of San Marcos.

"My goal is to implement innovative strategies and foster a collaborative environment to make San Marcos an even better place to live," Anderson said in a news release.

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City Manager Stephanie Reyes said she was confident the city has chosen the right individuals with the right leadership philosophies, which will benefit current and future residents in San Marcos.

"Their extensive professional experience as well as their proven leadership skills will be invaluable as we continue to promote a strong organizational culture, foster effective collaboration with the mayor and City Council, and encourage positive relationships with all members of our community,” Reyes said in a news release.