May 8, 2024

Stacey Black and James Brandon, named Southlake Assistant City Managers

In late April, Southlake City Manager Alison Ortowski named Stacey Black and James Brandon the City’s Assistant City Managers.

In late April, Southlake City Manager Alison Ortowski named Stacey Black and James Brandon the City’s Assistant City Managers. At the Tuesday, May 7, 2024, City Council meeting, the Council approved a resolution on approving the designation of Black and Brandon as acting City Managers if City Manager Ortowski is unavailable.

Black has been with the City since 2001 when she was hired as a Human Resources Analyst. She was promoted to Human Resources Supervisor in 2008, Director of Human Resources in 2010, and Senior Director in 2021.

“Stacey has been a driving force behind the development and implementation of strategic workforce policies and initiatives designed to ensure we remain a high-performing employer of choice,” said Ortowski. “Her insight and leadership have not only enhanced the performance of our human resources department but have also instilled a culture of collaboration and excellence throughout our organization,” she added.

Brandon joined the City in 2013 as the Assistant Chief of Police. He started his public service journey in 1996 as an officer with the Illinois Department of Corrections. Brandon was promoted to Southlake’s Chief of Police in 2015.

“James’ expertise in strategic planning, risk mitigation, and performance management has significantly contributed to the success of our police department,” said Ortowski. “James’ experience, unwavering dedication, and visionary leadership will undoubtedly continue to drive the creation of a strong culture, commitment to accountability, and the highest standards of service,” Ortowski stated.

In their new roles, Black will focus on workplace excellence, organizational learning and development, and future readiness, while Brandon will oversee capital asset strategy and performance, emergency management, and community safety.

“Stacey and James bring exceptional skills, experience, and dedication to Team Southlake,” said Ortowski. “We are excited to work with the community and the City Council to continue serving this City with excellence and integrity.”

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