Southlake has found its next city manager.

The gist

Southlake City Council voted unanimously to name Assistant City Manager Alison Ortowski as the lone finalist at their Oct. 17 meeting.

Ortowski will succeed Shana Yelverton, who recently announced plans to step away from the position at the end of January to pursue new opportunities.

“We are very much looking forward to this next chapter,” Mayor John Huffman said. ”We will have many moments to celebrate you in your new role.”

Zooming out

Ortowski has more than 20 years of local government experience. She has been with the city of Southlake since 2007 and became assistant city manager in 2013. Ortowski worked for the cities of Denton and Gatesville prior.

Looking ahead

Council directed city staff to draft an employment contract for review at a future meeting. Ortowski will begin her new role Feb. 1.

“[Ortowski] is exceedingly qualified to take on this role,” Yelverton said in a news release. “She has the extensive experience, significant skill and wisdom needed to perform at a very high level. She has long been an effective corporate leader and will be an outstanding city manager. I’m thrilled council has placed their confidence in her.”