LEAGUE CITY — He hasn’t exactly been working under the radar, but League City’s new city manager already has his first week on the job under his belt.
Mark Rohr, who was hired in February, started on Monday.
“I had only a few issues to deal with, (I’ve) mainly been focused on talking to people and really observing a lot of things,” Rohr said. “I’ve been talking to elected officials and staff, and I have a lot to learn and hope everyone can be patient with me.”
The first council meetings since Rohr officially joined the city are this week, with a workshop on Monday and regular meeting on Tuesday.
Rohr also has some vacancies to fill.
Just before Rohr was hired, the city’s planning director, Tony Allender, announced he was leaving for a job at the Texas Medical Center. Since Rohr’s hiring, Assistant City Manager David Benson and Linc Wright, the director of engineering, announced their resignations.
Wright, who was hired about three years ago, created the city’s traffic management system after most of its traffic infrastructure became a city responsibility. That shift of responsibility occurred when the city’s population topped 50,000 in the last census.
Both Benson and Wright have said their resignations were not in reaction to a new city manager coming aboard.
Neither has announced his plans. Benson’s last day is April 18. Wright will stay with the city until May 2.
After meeting with Assistant City Manager John Baumgartner, who was acting city manager until Rohr’s hiring, Rohr said that replacing Allender is a priority. “We are looking to fill that position as soon as possible,” Rohr said.
He said what would happen with Wright’s and Benson’s jobs would be evaluated.
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Mark Rohr was city manage of Joplin, Mo., for 10 years. He managed the city’s rebuilding efforts after a massive tornado struck in May 2011.
Before he went to Joplin, he was the city manager of Piqua, Ohio, for six years and served three years as city manager of Punta Gorda, Fla.