Deputy City Manager
Don Magner was named Deputy City Manager in October 2018. Prior to serving as Deputy City Manager, Magner served as First Assistant City Manager for 3 years and as Assistant City Manager – Community Services for the preceding 2 ½ years. As Deputy City Manager, Magner serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO). He also supervises two Assistant City Managers and the Chief Financial Officer, as well as the Directors of Communications and Public Services. He also manages the Office of Emergency Management.
Magner has served the City of Richardson since 1996. After a short stint conducting compensation analysis for the City, Magner was assigned to the Building Inspection Department, where he served in a variety of inspection roles. In 2000, he was promoted to Assistant Building Official. Over the next three years, he played an important role in creating and implementing the City’s Neighborhood Vitality and Integrity Strategy, which was adopted in 2003 and resulted in the creation of the Neighborhood Services Department. He headed Neighborhood Services for eight years, after which he was named Director of Community Services.
Magner earned a Master of Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs’ Public Executive Institute, the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service’s Leading, Educating and Developing (LEAD) Program, and the North Central Texas Council of Government’s New & Emerging City Managers Program.
In March 2009, Magner was honored by the Collin County Business Press as one of its 21 Leaders of the 21st Century. He was also recognized by the Richardson YMCA as its 2009 Volunteer of the Year. In 2010, he received the Outstanding Service Award from Network of Community Ministries.
Magner is a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class XX, the Richardson Citizens Police Academy, the Richardson Citizens Fire Academy, and Leadership North Texas Class 10. He is an active member of the International City Management Association, the Texas City Management Association, and the North Texas City Management Association.