Southlake City Manager Shana Yelverton announced plans to step away from her position at the end of January.

The details

Yelverton is leaving to pursue new opportunities, according to a news release issued Oct. 11. She has been with the city for more than three decades.

“It is time for me to make this change and forge a new chapter in my life,” Yelverton said in a letter to Mayor John Huffman and Southlake City Council. “My gratitude to all of you for the opportunities afforded to me during my time in Southlake is immense.”

Zooming out

Yelverton began her career in Southlake as the assistant city manager in 1993. She was promoted to city manager in 2005. During her nearly 20-year tenure as city manager, Southlake has grown its parkland and open space, expanded its school safety program, and achieved AAA bond ratings, according to the news release. Yelverton has also been involved in the development and use of Southlake’s strategic and comprehensive plans.

“It is hard to say if I ever fully imagined the success we would achieve, and there are many, many memories I will always treasure, such as the opening of The Marq—both Legends Hall and Champions Club—as well as the expansion of the city’s public art collection,” Yelverton said. “I have also relished the quieter, less-public achievements, such as the growth and development of young professionals.”

Looking ahead

Yelverton’s last day is Jan. 31, 2024. Council will work with Yelverton on a transition plan involving Assistant City Manager Alison Ortowski and other city staff.

“It’s exciting to anticipate what will be achieved by these leaders as they work with you to move the city of Southlake forward,” Yelverton said. “I will be proudly watching and cheering everyone on.”