Assistant City Manager
Don Magner’s promotion to Assistant City Manager of Community Services is effective November 12, 2012. Magner currently serves as the director of Richardson’s Community Services Department and will continue direct oversight of the department until a replacement director is selected.
“Working for the City of Richardson has been a deeply enjoyable experience, and I’m very happy to have this new opportunity,” said Magner. “It means a great deal to have the opportunity to continue the great work of our Community Services Department, while also having the opportunity to lead all of the departments that make up the City’s Community Services.”
“Don has a proven history of being able to implement new ideas and programs, and is very connected with the community,” said City Manager Dan Johnson. “His involvement as a leader on our team, and as a leader in our community, makes him a valuable asset to our organization, and there is simply nobody more qualified and able to serve as our new Assistant City Manager of Community Services than Don.”
Magner joined the City of Richardson in 1996. After a short stint conducting compensation analysis, Magner was assigned to the Building Inspection Department, where he served in a variety of inspection roles. In 2000, he was promoted to Assistant Building Official. Over the next three years, Magner played an important role in creating and implementing the City’s Neighborhood Vitality & Integrity Strategy, which was adopted in 2003 and resulted in the creation of the Neighborhood Services Department.
After serving as the head of Neighborhood Services for eight years, Magner was named Director of Community Services, which houses: Building Inspection, Code Enforcement, Environmental Services, Community Programs and Reinvestment Strategies.
Magner earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government & Politics from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1996 and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1999. He is also a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service’s Leading, Educating and Developing (LEAD) Program.
In March 2009, Magner was honored by the Collin County Business Press as one of its 21 Leaders of the 21 Century. He was also recognized by the Richardson YMCA as its 2009 Volunteer of the Year. In 2010, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the NETWORK of Community Ministries.
Magner currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Richardson YMCA, on the St. Paul the Apostle Parish Pastoral Council, on the Board of Directors for the Richardson Kiwanis, and on the Advisory Panel of the North Texas Code Professionals Association, which he co-founded. He is a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class XX and Richardson Citizens Police Academy Class XXVII. Magner is an active member of the International Code Council and American Association of Code Enforcement. He resides in Richardson with his wife Dionne and sons Davis and Aidan.