Kyle announces hiring of new city engineer

The city of Kyle announced the hiring of its new city engineer, Leon Barba, on Nov. 22. Barba brings 40 years of experience to the position.

The previously vacant position was last held by Steven Widacki, who resigned his post in September.

Barba's focus will be to carry out construction projects funded by a road improvement bond approved by voters in May.

Consulting firms have been selected in connection with the construction on Burleson, Goforth, Lehman and Bunton roads as well as Marketplace Avenue.

Equipped with a state license in professional engineering, Barba comes to Kyle from the city of Austin, where he worked as an assistant director/building official.

His resume states he is "seasoned at managing the design and construction of small and large-scale public infrastructure in a cost-effective manner."

"Leon's vast engineering experience in municipal government will provide a great deal of benefit to the city of Kyle," City Manager Lanny Lambert said in a news release. "The city engineer carries a lot of responsibility to ensure our projects and developments proceed in a proper manner and in accordance with all applicable laws, standards and regulations. We are very fortunate to have someone of Leon's experience on our team."

The duties of the city engineer include overseeing professional engineering in connection with the planning, design, construction and maintenance of city projects. Barba will also be charged with preparing engineering designs, reviewing engineering plans and supporting the development review process.

"It's a pleasure and honor for me to be here working for the city of Kyle," Barba said in the release. "I'm looking forward to being able to support the city and the citizens as we continue to grow this city."