Celina residents have a new city manager.

Celina City Council members have confirmed Robert Ranc as the next city manager, according to a Nov. 15 city news release.

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Ranc was one of three finalists for the position, one of whom was interim City Manager Karla Stovall, following a nationwide search, according to the news release.

"I am thrilled to welcome Robert Ranc as the next Celina city manager," Celina Mayor Ryan Tubbs said in the news release. "Of all the candidates reviewed by the council, Ranc had the broadest experience in public service and presented himself in such a way that he seemed to be the best fit with Celina's vision and values.”

About the candidate

Ranc’s city administration experience spans across the U.S., according to the news release. Here is a quick look at his previous experience:
  • 2021-present: deputy city manager of Dublin, Ohio
  • 2018-21: deputy city manager of Burleson, Texas
  • 2015-18: assistant city administrator of Lehi, Utah
  • 2013-15: assistant to the city manager of Lehi, Utah
"Celina presents opportunities and challenges not only with issues such as land use and infrastructure development, but it also provides the opportunity to build and grow an organization that is recognized for its commitment to excellence and a high-performing, supportive culture that attracts the quality of professionals necessary to help Celina reach its potential,” Ranc said in the news release.

Ranc also served in the U.S. Air Force for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist, according to the news release.

He later earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration from Brigham Young University after completing his military service.

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Ranc’s first official day as city manager will be Jan. 8, 2024.

Stovall is expected to continue acting as interim city manager in the meantime before returning to her assistant city manager position in January.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the city of Celina as city manager, and my family and I are excited to be part of such a dynamic and growing community,” Ranc said.