Carrollton City Manager Announces Retirement
Carrollton City Manager Leonard Martin announced at the Tuesday, August 2 Council Meeting that as of January, 2017 he will be retiring after 42 years in city management and 15 years as city manager for Carrollton.
Martin, 69, began his career as a management analyst in his hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas and worked his way through city management positions in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. A self-described “change agent,” Martin was named city manager of Carrollton in August 2001.
At the City of Carrollton, Martin has created a culture of innovation and accountability, with a focus on shared services and award-winning projects including the creation of a shared dispatch center with surrounding communities and the addition of a city employee clinic. Under his management, the City created a managed competition program to ensure that Carrollton was providing citizens the highest quality services at the best value.
“My life goal has been to leave the world a little better off when I leave than when I arrived. Hopefully my work as a city manager has accomplished that goal,” said Martin.
He has been recognized as City Manager of the Year in both Missouri and Oklahoma and received the American Society of Public Administration Administrator of the Year Award for the State of Oklahoma.
Martin is also a recipient of the William J. Pitstick Regional Excellence Award from the North Central Texas Council of Governments for his work in Texas regional government promoting strong, representative local government and a spirit of regionalism in solving multi-jurisdictional projects.
“Leonard's service to Carrollton and our region has been excellent,” said Carrollton Mayor Matthew Marchant. “He is a visionary with a hunger for good government. The City of Carrollton appreciates his years of hard work and achievement.”
City Council will be working through the search process in the coming weeks.