The city of Plano has chosen a new city manager, less than a month after longtime City Manager Bruce Glasscock announced he will retire at the end of April.
Senior Deputy City Manager Mark Israelson, a Plano native, will take over the post effective May 1.
"It is with great enthusiasm that we'd like to appoint Mark Israelson," Mayor Harry LaRosiliere said at Monday's City Council meeting.
The council's vote in a preliminary meeting was nearly unanimous, with member Tom Harrison running late to the meeting. LaRosiliere made a point of noting that Harrison also approved of Israelson's hire, and the appointment passed unanimously in the council's regular session.
"Welcome aboard, Mark. You've still got a job," he said to Israelson, who was present in council chambers. Turning to Glasscock, the mayor joked, "Short-timer, what do you think?"
"I think it's great," said Glasscock, who turns 75 in March.
Glassock arrived in Plano as police chief in 1990. He became deputy city manager in 1998 and was appointed city manager in 2011.
Israelson, 48, grew up in Plano and graduated from the University of North Texas. He has been working for the city since October 1999. Among his roles, he has worked as a budget analyst, assistant city manager in a number of departments, and director of policy and government relations. In 2015, he served briefly as interim city manager in Kilgore before returning to Plano.
"There's a lot of work to be done," he said. "I'm optimistic and very grateful for the opportunity to lead this city."