David Miller, a proven leader who has contributed to multiple improvement initiatives during his time with the City and boasts over 15 years of non-profit and municipal executive leadership experience, was recently promoted to his newest role as the Director of Community Services.
David Miller’s career journey didn’t immediately lead to municipal government, but his passion for service and professional value has been on full display since he joined the Community Services Department in January 2021.
“When David came to us, he had been serving as Vice-President, Membership and Marketing for the Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA. We could immediately see that he was the go-to guy in that organization, often selected to lead significant special projects,” said Assistant City Manager Alison Ortowski. “We expected we’d see the same level of performance as a member of our team, and, of course, we have.”
In 2022, Miller was selected as the Deputy Director of the Year.
His Southlake achievements are too numerous to list completely, but highlights include developing an award-winning capital asset plan, starting matrix teams to advance departmental goals and implement projects, obtaining TxDOT funding for SH 114 corridor improvements, and setting up a collaboration strategy/approach between Deputy Directors across all city departments. He was also part of an interdepartmental team that developed and implemented an enhanced ethics strategy for the city.
“David has been functioning in a role similar to a chief operating officer for the department since his arrival in Southlake,” Ortowski continued. “He’s overseen the operations of The Marq Southlake, recreation programming, aquatics, marketing, community relations, the Bob Jones Park and Nature Preserve, Southlake Tennis Center, and is now preparing the team to open the new pickleball complex. He has quietly and effectively demonstrated his significant leadership abilities in a variety of ways over the past two-plus years.”
As Director, Miller will be responsible for all aspects of the Community Services Department, including park construction and maintenance. He will also serve as a member of the City’s Executive Leadership Team, providing corporate guidance and oversight.