Highland Village names new city manager

Paul Stevens has roughly 30 years of experience in municipal government and is the deputy city manager for the city of Rowlett. (Courtesy city of Highland Village)
Paul Stevens has roughly 30 years of experience in municipal government and is the deputy city manager for the city of Rowlett. (Courtesy city of Highland Village)

Paul Stevens has roughly 30 years of experience in municipal government and is the deputy city manager for the city of Rowlett. (Courtesy city of Highland Village)

Paul Stevens will begin serving as the new city manager for Highland Village this fall.

Council members appointed Stevens to the role Aug. 11 at a regular meeting. Pending a background check and approval of an employment agreement, he will start as city manager Oct. 1.

Stevens has roughly 30 years of experience in municipal government and is the deputy city manager for the city of Rowlett.

Previous experience includes 10 years as the city manager for the city of Waxahachie and management in areas of public safety, parks and recreation, economic development, public works and budget, according to a release from Highland Village.

“I am very honored and excited about joining the City of Highland Village as the City Manager," Stevens said in the release. "Highland Village is an incredibly unique city with an excellent quality of life. I’m looking forward to working with the City Council and city staff and I can’t wait to be a part of this wonderful community."


Current Highland Village City Manager Michael Leavitt announced in March that he will retire this fall after working for the city for two decades.

Council members are thankful for the patience shown by Highland Village while the decision to hire Stevens was made, Mayor Charlotte Wilcox said at the meeting.

“The Council and I approached the decision of hiring our new city manager as one of the most important decisions we would ever make," Wilcox said in the release. "The residents, businesses, and city employees were considered when making the change of our leader."