Town of Tomball Hires New Director of Community Development, Fire Chief and Deputy City Manager

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The town of Tomball announced the hiring of three officials at the September 20 city council meeting. (Anna Lotz / Community Impact Journal)

Tomball City Council announced the hiring of three new city officials at its September 20 meeting. The city has filled the positions of director of community development, fire chief and deputy city manager.

Nathan Dietrich, deputy director of community development at Baytown, will serve as director of community development. Dietrich has over 20 years of experience in city and traffic planning, land use and zoning, said city manager David Esquivel.

“What I really liked about Nathan was not just his personality, but his ability to connect with people,” Esquivel said.

Esquivel said Dietrich will start in mid-October. Dietrich will take over the post previously held by Craig Meyers, who worked with the city for eight years and left in July, Community impact journal Previously reported.

Denton’s director of economic development, Jessica Rogers, will also assume the role of deputy city director in mid-October, Esquivel said. Police Chief Jeff Bert served as Acting Deputy City Manager. Bert took over the role previously held by Esquivel after Esquivel became interim city manager following the death of former city manager Rob Hauck, Community impact journal Previously reported.

Esquivel was appointed CEO in July.

Esquivel said the city chose Rogers because they had gained a lot of experience in different fields while working in the city of Denton. He said Rogers was also an overwhelming favorite on a community panel that judged whether potential candidates would fit into the city’s culture.

“What stood out was that she moved to the town of Denton so she held a lot of positions,” Esquivel said. “It was absolutely strategic and planned to give him this experience.”

Joe Sykora, who served as Acting Fire Chief, will take the reins as Tomball’s full-time fire chief. Former fire chief Randy Parr announced his retirement in March after spending 17 years with the city, Community impact journal Previously reported.

Esquivel said Sykora has built a reputation within the fire department.

“Joe is very exciting for the fire department,” Esquivel said. “He knows our culture and knows our direction and where we want to go.”

With Sykora appointed fire chief, the city will look to fill the posts of fire marshal and deputy fire chief, positions previously held by Sykora, Esquivel said.


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