Former Interim City Manager Diana Lopez was recently hired as the new city manager for the City of Coleman.
Lopez was appointed as interim city manager in July 2017 and took on responsibilities including human resources and city clerk.
Lopez has 13 years of municipality government experience and was picked from 18 applications from Texas and out-of-state. She was chosen as one of the top six finalists.
"For 13 years, I have given full measure of my duties and responsibilities as a public servant to the City of Alice. While I am excited at this new opportunity with the City of Coleman, I am very grateful to have served the City of Alice during my time here," Lopez said. "I am not the same individual who walked through the doors of City Hall on the morning of June 1, 2005 as a Payroll Clerk. I have grown in my professional career and I am most thankful of for the opportunity. It was an honor to be part of this legacy, and to serve the Council, City Staff, and the Citizens of Alice. My motto to staff has always been “leave it better than you found it”; I hope that I have fulfilled this."
Coleman Council and Mayor selection was unanimous.
“We unanimously selected Diana from a group of highly qualified candidates,” Mayor Sloan said. “Diana is committed to the success of this city and will be a valuable asset to all of us. This council is convinced, without a doubt, that she is the right fit for our community and will do an outstanding job.”
The County Seat of Coleman County - Coleman, Texas is located between Abilene, Brownwood, and San Angelo. A small town in the Heart of Texas, on the eastern edge of West Texas and the western edge of Central Texas with a population of 4,709.
Alice Interim City Manager Michael Esparza said Lopez is an asset to the city and will be missed.
“Diana has been an extremely valuable asset to City of Alice. Her keen knowledge of finance, budgeting, public safety, water and wastewater as well as employee benefits has been critical to the stability of our organization and she will be sorely missed,” Esparza said. “We do, however, wish her nothing but the best as the new city manager for Coleman.”
Lopez will begin her employment with the City of Coleman on Sept. 1. Lopez, her husband, and their two children are looking forward to calling Coleman home.
“My family and I look forward to being a part of the Coleman Community," she said. "Coleman is an amazing place, and we feel very fortunate to call it home. My boys are excited to be Coleman Bluecats!”