City of Nacogdoches signs contract with new city manager

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Published: Aug. 23, 2023 at 2:27 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2023 at 3:54 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches City Council has chosen a new city manager.

Last Friday, the council selected Richard “Rick” Beverlin III for the position. Beverlin currently the city manager for Leander, a position he has held since 2019. He was one of three finalists for the job. Beverlin has signed a contract with the city and will begin work in November.

The city manager position was vacated by Mario Canizares, who took on the position in 2020, when he resigned to become city manager for the North Texas town of Prosper.

“We’re extremely happy to have hired as quality a candidate as Rick Beverlin to be the next City Manager of Nacogdoches,” Mayor Randy Johnson said. “We are pleased to announce that we’ve agreed on and executed a contract with Rick and he will join us on or before November 2nd. I’m extremely thankful to (Human Resources Director) Bonita Hall and her staff for guiding us through this process and as well as my fellow council members for their commitment to the search as well.”

A Houston native, Beverlin has served as City Manager of Leander since December 2019. Before that, he was Assistant City Manager in Galveston, where he oversaw development services, public transportation and grant management. He has also served as Economic Development Director in League City, City Administrator in Kemah and Senior Transportation Planner for the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Beverlin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of St. Thomas and Master of Public Administration from the University of Houston.

“Being selected by the City Council to serve as the next City Manager of Nacogdoches is truly humbling,” said Beverlin.  “Our family is grateful for the warmth and hospitality of the entire community, which genuinely cares about its unique history, and its future.  To serve Nacogdoches specifically at this time, as the City seeks to ensure a vibrant local economy for its taxpayers, addressing critical infrastructure needs, maintaining a high quality of life, while also hosting a key 100-year old institution of higher learning in SFA, is the highest honor as a native Texan.”