City Manager Don Magner today announced the appointment of two Deputy City Managers, concluding a search that attracted more than 170 candidates from across the country. The new nominees are Michaela Dollar from the town of Georgetown, in the Austin area, and Charles Goff from the town of Sunnyvale, located in north Texas. Their appointment to the two vacant Deputy City Manager positions completes the composition of the City Manager’s office leadership team and marks the first time the office has been fully staffed since before COVID affected City staffing at the start of 2020.
“I am very happy to add Michaela and Charles to our team,” said Magner. “Each has a unique set of skills and experience that will help advance our strategic plan for economic development, strengthen our efforts in special redevelopment areas and bring creativity to our master planning initiatives. These are all goals defined by the City Council’s vision for the community and I am confident that their contributions will position our team to better execute those goals.
Dollar’s first day with City will be Monday July 11 and Goff’s first day is set for Monday June 13.
Michaela Dollar – Background
Dollar is director of economic development for the city of Georgetown, one of the ten fastest growing cities in the United States for the past six consecutive years. She manages the City’s economic development program, which encompasses business retention, business recruitment, workforce development, downtown development, small business development, tourism, arts and culture.
Prior to joining Georgetown in 2016, Dollar held positions in economic development for the Round Rock Economic Development Partnership, the City of Dallas, Cedar Hill (TX) Economic Development Corporation and Bay County (FL) Economic Development Alliance. In her nearly 17 years of economic development experience, she has worked on projects totaling approximately 7,250 jobs and over $2 billion in capital investments with companies such as Holt Caterpillar, Kalahari Resorts, Costco, CellLink and Titan Development.
In addition to economic development, Dollar also has experience in downtown redevelopment, tourism, and arts and culture in several communities in Texas and Florida. She currently oversees these areas in Georgetown, which include an award-winning Main Street initiative, an active program of public art and events, and the annual Red Poppy Festival which draws approximately 75,000 people to downtown Georgetown each year.
“I am extremely honored and excited to join the Town of Richardson’s leadership team,” said Dollar. “Richardson is an amazing town with a ton of momentum. My family and I are really looking forward to being part of the community and its bright future.
Dollar is currently Chair of the Williamson County Economic Development Partnership, Vice Chair of the Central Texas Foreign Trade Zone, and a member of Opportunity Austin. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.
Charles Goff – Background
Charles Goff has served as Deputy City Manager for the City of Sunnyvale since 2020. In this role, he is responsible for the city’s development services department as well as economic development, parks and recreation, and public works. His notable projects include a review of Sunnyvale’s bylaws and development processes, the creation of a comprehensive road maintenance program, the completion of a parks master plan, and the design and construction of a new firehouse. of firefighters.
Prior to joining Sunnyvale, Goff spent nine years with the City of Addison in a variety of positions. Most recently, he held the position of Director of Development Services and Planning. In this position, he managed zoning and development, oversaw the city’s long-term land use planning, and oversaw departmental functions including building inspections, environmental health, and property standards. Other positions he has held at Addison include Assistant Manager of Development Services, Assistant City Manager, Management Analyst in the Economic Development Department, and Intern in the City Manager’s Office.
While in Addison, Goff coordinated the city’s efforts to advance DART’s Silver Line regional rail project and worked closely with DART staff and their partners during the initial design and construction phases. He also led the City’s planning for transit-oriented development along the rail line, including helping to establish the solicitation process that resulted in the 18-acre, 472M mixed-use development. $ recently announced that will be built next to the Silver Line station. .
“It is an honor to have been selected to serve in this capacity,” Goff said. “I look forward to joining the exceptional team at Richardson and continuing the organization’s legacy of high quality service to the community.
Goff earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, economics, and international studies from Baylor University. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Texas and a master’s certificate in planning from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is currently a member of the American Planning Association, the Texas City Management Association and the International City/County Management Association. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
The City of Richardson has contracted with Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to assist with recruitment for vacant positions. SGR provides a full suite of executive search services that includes a screening process, electronic data collection, background checks and other information designed to find quality candidates who may fit best. in the organization.