City Manager Will Retire in 2020
SEGUIN, Texas – After more than two decades of service to the City of Seguin, City Manager Douglas Faseler announced his retirement to the Seguin City Council on Tuesday.
Faseler, whose last day will be January 31, 2020, has managed the City for the last 14 years, the longest tenure of any City Manager since the City adopted the Council/Manager form of government in 1986. He began his career at the City of Seguin in 1996 as Assistant City Manager, responsible for all utility operations, and was promoted in January 2006 to the City Manager role.
Faseler said, “This was not an easy decision to make given the support that our Mayor and Council, previous City Councils, staff, citizens, and business community have given me over the years. As a team, I believe we have made Seguin a better place with our many projects and successes. Included in that team are our Directors and staff, who are outstanding, and will continue to serve this community well under new leadership.”
“I sincerely appreciate the opportunity that has been given to me in serving Seguin. When I retire in a few months, I will continue to watch and celebrate in the growth and excitement that is coming Seguin’s way,” he said.
Following Faseler’s announcement, Seguin Mayor Don Keil said, “We have been blessed to have Doug as our City Manager. His unique talents and skills have led us through one of the best periods in Seguin’s history. We politicians can bluster and brag about things, but Doug was the guy who quietly and humbly got it all done. He is highly respected by our city employees, and also by his peers throughout the state. He is truly one of the best City Managers in Texas, and we owe so much of our progress to him. I and this town will miss him greatly. And for those citizens who have not been paying much attention… Like the song says: “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”
Accomplishments and Achievements for the City of Seguin
During his tenure and leadership, Faseler has garnered a number of achievements, spearheading projects that have changed the face of Seguin. These include the planning and construction of the Seguin Public Library, Animal Services Center, Utility Operations Center, Fire Station #3, Park West, Walnut Springs Park and Trail, and a new Development Center that is currently under construction.
Faseler has been at the forefront of aggressive infrastructure capital improvement programs, including streets, drainage, sidewalks and water, sanitary sewer, and electric projects.
He also leaves a positive economic impact on Seguin, having been a key player involved with several economic development projects, including the recruitment of Caterpillar, Niagara Bottling, Rio Nogales Power Plant, and Continental expansions.
In 2012 Faseler negotiated a $20 million settlement with CPS Energy on behalf of the City of Seguin, Guadalupe County, Seguin ISD, and Navarro ISD in response to the Rio Nogales Power Plant gaining tax exempt status when it was purchased by the municipally owned CPS Energy.
Faseler previously served as President of the Texas Public Power Association and has been recognized statewide by the Texas City Management Association as an "Administrator of the Year.”
But among all his accomplishments, Faseler noted that one of his proudest is the highly-skilled professional staff that he has assembled during his City of Seguin career. “They are all top-notch,” he said.
Faseler will retire with a total of 38 years in the public sector. Prior to his leadership in Seguin, he worked at the City of Live Oak where he was promoted from Assistant City Manager to City Manager, a role in which he served for 10 years. Prior to that, he worked in the Planning Department at the City of Midland.