Contract details: Next Highland Village city manager signs 3-year employment agreement

Highland Village City Council approved an employment agreement with Paul Stevens, who will take over as city manager in October. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Highland Village City Council approved an employment agreement with Paul Stevens, who will take over as city manager in October. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Highland Village City Council approved an employment agreement with Paul Stevens, who will take over as city manager in October. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The next Highland Village city manager has signed a three-year employment agreement that will extend through Sept. 30, 2023.

Paul Stevens' contract will include a transition period that starts Sept. 14, giving him a few weeks before he formally takes over for retiring City Manager Michael Leavitt in October, according to the agreement provided by the city.

Stevens' base salary will be $210,000 per year.

Although the contract lasts three years, either the city or Stevens could terminate it at any time before then.

Highland Village City Council made the hire official Aug. 25.


Stevens comes to Highland Village from the city of Rowlett, where he has served as deputy city manager.

Stevens has experience as chief executive for multiple cities, serving previously as interim city manager for Forney and city manager for Waxahachie. He also worked as city administrator for Ovilla, director of economic development for Burleson and as a senior budget analyst in Dallas.

Leavitt announced his retirement in March after two decades with the city. Stevens will take over the job Oct. 1.

View the contract below.
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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