Brian Funderburk, City Manager
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Brian was appointed City Manager on November 19, 2013, after serving as Interim City Manager since July of that year. During his previous 10 year tenure with the City of Rowlett, Brian held the position of Assistant City Manager since 2010 and served as the City’s Director of Finance & Administration since July 14, 2003. He has over 27 years experience in municipal government, in Louisiana, Colorado and Texas, 19 in the position of chief financial officer and 5½ years as city manager.
Brian received his bachelor of science degree in Accounting in 1984 from Louisiana College and his master’s in public administration in 1997 from the University of Colorado at Denver, Graduate School of Public Affairs.
Paul Stevens, Deputy City Manager
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Paul has been with the City since early 2018 . A seasoned municipal government professional, Paul previously led the City of Waxahachie as City Manager for over 10 years and served as Assistant City Manager for seven. Paul is the Chief Operations Officer, with oversight of Fire Rescue, Library, Parks & Recreation, Police and Public Works, acting as the number two official in city administration and directs daily operations.
Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Texas. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s College of Continuing Education Economic Development Institute.
Mark McAvoy, Assistant City Manager
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Mark joined the City Manager's team in early 2018 after serving as Interim Assistant City Manager for five months. Previously, he was with the City of Houston for 16 years, holding the position of Deputy Director of Building and Development Services. He also served as the Executive Director of the Houston Permitting Center and Division Manager for the Houston Planning and Development Services Division. Mark serves as the Chief Performance Officer and oversees Community Development, Financial Services, Human Resources, IT, and Neighborhood Life. In this role, Mark leads the organizational focus on customer-centered service delivery and performance excellence.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Houston.
Denise Perrin, Community Relations Manager
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Denise has been with the City since 2004. As Rowlett's Community Relations Manager, Denise manages the City's Volunteer Program; recruiting and placing citizens interested in volunteering for their City. Denise also writes and designs monthly newsletters for the Rowlett community, serves as webmaster, manages the City's social media content and serves as the Public Information Officer (PIO) and media liasion. In addition, she acts as a "City Ombudsman," helping citizens pinpoint issues and get the assistance they need.
Evette Whitehead, Executive Administrative Assistant
Evette started with the City in January of 2002 and has been the Executive Assistant in the City Manager’s Office since May of that year. She is usually the first person you talk to when you call or visit the City Manager’s Office and is glad to help you in any way. Along with assisting customers she also takes care of the City Manager’s and Assistant City Manager’s schedules and administrative functions. Evette is Project Manager for the Employee Recognition Program, a program that honors employees for exhibiting “Above and Beyond” customer service throughout the year. Those employees are honored with a reception and special ceremony by the Mayor and City Manager during the first City Council meeting in November each year. In addition, she also helps with other special projects throughout the year. If you have any questions about the City please call her or come by to visit.
Elise Bowers, Community Advocate Coordinator
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Elise has been with the City since 2014. She began her tenure in the Parks and Recreation Department and was extremely instrumental in the Kids Kingdom rebuild project. As Community Advocate Coordinator, Elise heads up the Homeowner's Association communication and relationship program, Neighborhood Life. Elise is committed to providing quality customer-service and programs that meet the needs of our citizens and neighborhoods through effective 360-degree communication, promote community involvement, and strengthen the relationships between neighborhoods and City staff.