First Assistant City Manager
Don Magner was named First Assistant City Manager in June 2015 after serving as Assistant City Manager-Community Services since November 2012. As First Assistant City Manager, he supervises two Assistant City Managers and the Chief Financial Officer, as well as the Directors of Communications and Public Services. He also manages two departments: Emergency Management, and Community Services, which houses Code Enforcement, Environmental Services, Community Programs and Reinvestment Strategies.
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 and the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service’s Leading, Educating and Developing (LEAD) 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 currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Richardson YMCA, on the St. Paul the Apostle Parish Pastoral Council, on the Board of Directors for the Richardson Kiwanis, and on the Advisory Panel of the North Texas Code Professionals Association, which he co-founded. He is a graduate of Leadership Richardson XX, the Richardson Citizens Police Academy XXVII, and is an active member of the International City Management Association, Texas City Management Association, and North Texas City Management Association. In addition, he currently serves on the North Central Texas Council of Government’s Water Resources Council.