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December 13th, 2008
City Manager names 3 new directors

San Marcos City Manager Rick Menchaca has announced the appointment of three key directors who will lead the City’s Development Services, Finance and Technology Services Departments.Menchaca has named Chuck Swallow as Director of Development Services, Steve Parker as Finance Director, and Richard Stankiewicz as Chief Technology Officer for the City of San Marcos.

“I am delighted that these highly qualified individuals are joining the City of San Marcos in these essential positions,” said Menchaca. “Each one offers considerable expertise and experience in their fields and each will enhance services to City government and our community.”

Chuck Swallow, Director of Development Services

Chuck Swallow is the former Director of Development Services for the City of Midland, Texas. He will report to Assistant City Manager Laurie (Anderson) Moyer.

He joined the City of San Marcos staff on December 1 as the first director of a newly established Development Services Department that includes Development Planning, Long Range Planning, the Permit Center, Neighborhood Services, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS/ Mapping).

In addition, the department includes the Community Development Block Grant program, Building Inspections, and Engineering Inspections.

Swallow was Director of Development Services in Midland from 2000 to 2008 where he oversaw the Code Administration, Community Development, Engineering Services, Planning, Transportation and GIS divisions.

He started in Midland as Administrative Assistant of Community Services from 1988-1991, and was promoted to Assistant Director and then Director of Community Services in Midland from 1996 to 2000.

He received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1979 from Texas Tech University.

He is a member of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association and has been an active participant in the Tex 21 Transportation Summit. He is an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Public Works Association.

While in Midland, Swallow served on numerous civic organization boards, including the Midland-Odessa Transportation Organization, United Way, the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, Parker Place, Inc.-a HUD housing project, the Midland Juvenile Council, and the Midland CVB Sports Commission.

Swallow also served on the Permian Basin NIKE Open board, Heritage District Advisory Board, and a Special Grand Jury on Gang Activity in Midland. He will reside in San Marcos.

Steve Parker, Director of Finance

Steve Parker was appointed as Finance Director effective December 3 after serving as Interim Director since September. He will report to Collette Jamison, Assistant City Manager for Community and Management Services.

Parker will guide the City’s financial, budgeting, accounting, purchasing, and utility billing divisions and provide oversight for the City’s $145 million city budget.

He previously served as Assistant Director of Finance for the City of San Marcos from 2007 to 2008 and was Accounting Manager from 1993 to 1997.

Parker was a manager in the Cost Services Division for Maximus, Inc., in Dallas from 1997 to 2006.

He has conducted cost and management studies for both state and local governments, including electric utility rate designs, operating and capital budgets, revenue analysis and forecasting, enterprise fund accounting, financial statement preparation and management studies.

A graduate of Texas State University-San Marcos with a degree in Business Administration, Parker is a member of the Certified Government Finance Officers Association of Texas.

Richard Stankiewicz, Chief Technology Officer

Menchaca also has appointed Richard Stankiewicz as the City’s Chief Technology Officer. He will begin Monday, December 15 and will report to Assistant City Manager Jamison.

Stankiewicz will oversee the City’s Information Technology department which sustains the City’s electronic infrastructure. The department supports hundreds of desktop computers and laptops, software applications, mainframe computers and servers, telecommunications, and new Automated Meter Reading system.

The department also maintains technology networks, data security, and the website for the City of San Marcos.

Stankiewicz has more than 20 years of experience in information technology. He has been an IT Project Manager for the City of Austin since 2006.

n Austin, Stankiewicz supervised the construction of the 911 Emergency Back-up facility in coordination with the Capital Area Council of Governments. He also led the implementation of a Citywide Security Access System and directed the development of an Electronic Patient Care Record System for Austin-Travis County EMS.

Previously from Chicago, Ill., Stankiewicz worked from 1996 to 2006 in the private sector as a chief technology officer and consultant for private businesses that implemented projects for the City of Chicago, Chicago public schools, New York City, Frankfort, Ky., Orlando Fla. and Atlanta, Ga.

He was a Senior Project Manager for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission from 1984 to 1996.

A resident of San Marcos, Stankiewicz earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University. He has earned certifications as a Certified Software Project Manager from the Software Quality Institute, Professional Healthcare Manager from the Academy of Healthcare Management, and Certified Project Manager from the Project Management Institute.

by Melissa Millecam
City of San Marcos

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