Kent Collins has been named Coppell’s new deputy city manager.

Collins, who began his new role Jan. 28, served as the city’s public works director for five years. Collins replaces Vicki Chiavetta, who retired last week.

“I’m thrilled with this opportunity to continue to be part of this great leadership team and support the organization on a broader level,” Collins said in a Jan. 26 press release. “My goal each day is to provide the best service I can to the organization and community. I’m excited for the future and where we’re headed.”

Collins has nearly 30 years of experience. Previous roles include engineer, project manager and director at various organizations, including DFW Airport, Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the town of Flower Mound. Collins worked for Coppell from 1998 to 2000, then returned in 2016 as the assistant director of engineering.

During his time in Coppell, Collins has been involved in several projects including the reconstruction of Freeport Parkway and Parkway Boulevard, improvements on the Denton Tap Road intersection and the reconstruction of South Belt Line Road.

Collins holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified floodplain manager.

“Kent’s previous leadership and extensive engineering experiences bring a fresh perspective to the deputy city manager position,” City Manager Mike Land said in the press release. “His ability to envision the big picture, stay calm under pressure and champion his team are all assets that will benefit the community and the organization under his leadership.”