Mike Garza began his role as Coppell’s new public works director March 1.

Garza replaces Kent Collins, who began his tenure as deputy city manager Jan. 28. Garza served as the city’s assistant public works director prior.

“I’m excited for this new role and the opportunity to continue leading the public works department,” Garza said in a press release. “I look forward to developing our team to help provide the best service to our residents and taking on any challenges ahead.”

Garza has been with Coppell since 2007. During his 16-year tenure, he has been involved in several projects such as the water system redundancy project, managing the reconstruction of Freeport Parkway and Belt Line Road, and implementing a new asset management work order system, which allows infrastructure to be repaired more efficiently.

He also previously worked for the Texas Department of Transportation. Garza holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington and is a licensed professional engineer.

“Mike will do an outstanding job leading the public works team and will be an integral partner with the entire organization,” said City Manager Mike Land. “He brings a wealth of knowledge regarding Coppell’s infrastructure and will make decisions for the future based on the best interests of our residents and businesses.”