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City of Eastland names new city manager

Published On: Jul 12 2013 09:19:26 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 12 2013 12:45:38 PM CDT
Eastland County
EASTLAND, Texas -

The city of Eastland has named a new city manager.

Ronald M. Duncan will be officially hired and introduced as Eastland's new leader during a city commission meeting Monday.

Duncan will come to Eastland after a 14-year stint with the city of Crockett, where he served as city treasurer and deputy city administrator before being named as city administrator, a position he held for 10 years.

Here’s the news release from the city of Eastland:

The Eastland City Commission ended its search for a city manager to replace Ron Holliday who is retiring in early October.  

“We are very pleased to name Ron Duncan as our next city manager”, said Eastland Mayor Larry Vernon.   “Mr. Duncan has a wealth of management experience and we expect a smooth transition when he takes up the reins of the city manager position”, he added.

Ronald M. Duncan comes to Eastland after a fourteen year stint with the City of Crockett, Texas, where he served as City Treasurer and Deputy City Administrator before being named as City Administrator, a position he held for 10 years.   During his City of Crockett tenure, he led the effort to develop a new Community Development Plan and refined the city’s infrastructure mapping.

Mr. Duncan prepared, coordinated and served as the project manager for numerous grant projects for the city and through his leadership, the Crockett Solid Waste Department won the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award.   Prior to coming to Crockett, Duncan served in the U.S. Army for twenty-four years as a field artillery officer and military comptroller.    His service stations included Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Sill Oklahoma, Bamberg Germany and Fort Lewis Washington.   He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from Oklahoma City University.

Mr. Duncan, his wife Sheryl and daughter, Emily, a high school junior, plan to move to Eastland prior to the beginning of the school year.    The Duncans have four other children - sons Phillip, who lives in Crockett, Andrew, his wife and two sons who live in Pennsylvania and Paul, an avionics technician in the U.S. Air Force, presently serving in Afghanistan.  The Duncans’ other daughter, Tinsley Meyers and her husband, Matthew, live in Waco.    The Duncans belong to the United Methodist Church and look forward to transferring their membership to the Eastland congregation.

“I am appreciative of the confidence the City Commission has shown in me by my selection as Eastland’s next city manager.    I will do my utmost to ensure they are rewarded for selecting me for the job.   Together with the Commission and city staff I am confident we can continue to move the city forward as a place where people want to come and live, work and raise their family.   Sheryl and I plan to become totally involved in the community because we are not just coming to Eastland for a job, we will make Eastland our home”, Duncan said.

Mr. Duncan will be formally hired and introduced to the community on Monday evening, July 15, at the Eastland City Commission’s regular monthly meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.