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At the December 13th meeting, Coppell City Council voted unanimously to appoint Mike Land as the next City Manager. Land currently serves as Deputy City Manager, and will officially take the reins on April 1, 2017 upon the retirement of City Manager Clay Phillips.
“Mike is a big idea person who has demonstrated solid leadership qualities over his tenure in Coppell,” said Mayor Karen Hunt. “His strong understanding of our organizational culture, long-term vision for the city and his ability to build relationships and foster partnerships are huge assets for Coppell. Mike has built solid connections with staff, Council and the community-at-large over the years, and we look forward to him continuing his efforts as City Manager.”
Clay Phillips announced his retirement in September of this year and will continue to serve through March 31, 2017. As part of the Coppell succession planning process, Phillips will mentor Land over the next few months in preparation for his new role next spring.
“I am humbled and appreciative of the opportunity to serve the Coppell community as City Manager,” said Deputy City Manager Mike Land. “Clay set a high standard for expectations and performance, and I am excited for the opportunities that lie ahead. The City’s long-term strategic plan, Vision 2030, sets a clear road map for the future and I will continue to work with staff, residents, businesses and community partners to make sure Coppell remains a Community of Choice for years to come.”
Mike Land was hired in July of 2012 as Deputy City Manager. Prior to coming to the City of Coppell, Land served as the Town Manager for the Town of Prosper for five years. Prior to that, he was the City Manager for the City of Gainesville, Texas for 10 years, Executive Director of the Southwestern Diabetic Foundation and the Community Development Director of the City of Gainesville. Land received a Bachelor of Environmental Design and Masters of Science in Land Development from Texas A&M University.